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Likoni Tragedy Victim Left Home Without Informing Family – Wife

Kenya Ferry Managing Director Bakari Goa -L- with Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir and government spokesman Charles Oguna on Dec 7. Photo-Agencies.

The man whose car plunged into the Indian Ocean on Saturday morning did not speak to anyone as he left home at 4:00 am at a high speed.

The body of John Mutinda was retrieved four hours later after it was reported his car had plunged into the ocean at the mainland.

According to his wife, Ruth Mutinda, the husband worked as a clearing agent in Mombasa, and on Saturday morning she was informed by her house help that his husband had left with the keys to his town office.

She claimed effort to find out where her husband was going to were fruitless since he drove the car very fast after opening the gate.

Kenya Ferry Managing Director Bakari Gowa has said a multi-agency team composed of Kenya Navy and Kenya police retrieved the body in about an hour after the tragedy was reported.

Reports indicate the vehicle plunged into the Indian Ocean at about 4:20 am and was retrieved at 8:20 am while the vehicle was retrieved at noon.

Gowa confirmed that the car was 6 meters deep, and the body remained in the car and divers were forced to break its window to retrieve it.

According to a press release by Kenya Ferry Services, Mutinda drove his car registration number KBX 475B – a Toyota Alion – maroon in colour to the mainland ramp past the police check and failed to pay toll charges of Sh 120.

“The ferry staff approached the vehicle, but it drove past the pavement on the opposite side of the road overlapping other vehicles which were parked on the waiting bay and as the ramp controller stopped the vehicle the motorist defied the order, sped off and plunged into the Indian Ocean,” the statement read in part.

The wife to the deceased arrived at the scene a few minutes after 8:00 am and went straight to record a statement at the Kenya Ferry Police Station on the island side.

Gowa said only one ferry was on operation at the time of the incident and it was picking passengers at the island side.

The family identified the body of their kin and conducted a prayer service at the Jocham funeral home.

“We slept well yesterday and only to wake up with bad news that Mutinda is no more, Kenya Ferry Services has assured us their support during this difficult moment,” said a family member, adding that the deceased was drunk at the time of the incident.

The deceased left behind a wife and three sons.

The incident comes barely three months after Mariam Kighenda, 35, and her four-year-old daughter Amanda Mutheu died after their car slid from the rear of MV Harambee just before it docked on the Island side.

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