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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,11TH OCT 2019-The 13 days long wait that has been giving the family of Mariam Kigenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu sleepless nights has finally come to an end after the car that contained their bodies was finally been retrieved from the Likoni channel on Friday.
Their vehicle with registration number KCB 289C was lifted from the Indian Ocean a few minutes after 4pm on Friday.
A crane was used to lift it out of the water as Red Cross officials prepared to take the bodies to the mortuary.
Among the people who waited anxiously fr the removal of the ca from the waters is the deceased’s husband John Wambua .
Officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations were also present as the car was pulled out.
They are expected to conduct investigations into the incident.
The vehicle was located in a deep part of the channel on Wednesday but could not be retrieved.
Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna said they had to hire technological equipment to help them site the vehicle.
He blamed channel traffic, huge ocean currents and scheduled docking of ships for the delay in pulling out the car.
Divers from the Kenya Navy, Kenya Ferry Services Ltd, Kenya Ports Authority, the Kenya Coast Guard Service and Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute were part of the operation.
Private divers from Sub Sea Services, a South African firm, also assisted government agencies to recover the vehicle.
The ill-fated car was the last to board MV Harambee ferry on Sunday, September 29, 2019.
Reports claims that the car reversed when the ferry was midstream, plunging the car into the ocean.