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Friday, September 25, 2020

Woman slips, drowns during photo shoot at Thomson’s Falls

A multi-agency search has been launched for a woman who slipped off a stone she was standing on and drowned at Thomson’s Falls in Laikipia County while taking pictures with her brother.

Zablon Mangafu was taking a picture of Jemimah Oresha at the falls, downstream river Ewaso Nyiro, when the unfortunate incident happened Sunday.

According to Mungafu, his sister was due to return home in Kitale on Monday but she opted to first tour the famous falls.

An ecstatic Oresha wanted to pose on a rock by the river only for her to end up in the raging waters.  

“When we reached the site, she was very excited to see the falls. She said it was a site to behold and insisted that I take photos of her while standing on a stone next to the river, two metres from where I was,” said Mungafu.

“I had finished taking her picture and as she was returning to where I was, she slipped and fell into the river and was swept away by the raging waters as I watched. I could not do anything as the water was moving at a very high speed.”

Mungafu the notified the site’s security officers, who called the police and began the search.

The family of the victim appealed to the county government to deploy more divers to assist with the recovery operation.

Geoffrey Mayek, Nyahururu Sub County Police Commander, appealed to the locals to inform the police should they spot the body. He urged them to be extra careful when near rivers and falls.

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