Three people escaped death narrowly after a vehicle they were travelling in plunged into the Indian Ocean in Lamu.
The three however sustained serious injuries.
The Probox vehicle which was ferrying Khat (Miraa) plunged into the ocean on Thursday evening after the driver lost control as he tried to reverse the vehicle to a parking lot at the famous Mokowe Jetty drop point on the Lamu mainland.
The three were rescued by volunteer divers who were present at the time of the accident and was rushed to Lamu District hospital.
One of the men was reportedly in critical condition.
“The driver was trying to reverse and park the vehicle. Something must have gone wrong since we just saw it headed straight for the ocean before it plunged in. We have rescued all the three occupants however. One them seems to be in bad shape though,”said Omar Yusuf, a diver.
Confirming the accident Lamu West OCPD Zachary Kimani said the vehicle was yet to be removed from the ocean.
“We are aware that a Probox vehicle that was carrying Miraa plunged into the ocean at about 6pm on Thursday. All three occupants are all safe after being rescued by local divers. We are yet to retrieve the vehicle but we are working to ensure we do so,”said Kimani.
Following the incident, the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) Lamu branch has appealed to both the national and county governments to form a special group of divers who shall be mandated with rescuing operations during such incidences.
The chairperson Mohamed Abubakar said an Island like Lamu required such a group of divers considering it’s surrounded by water.
“We have experienced such accidents for long and this is an island. There is need for a place like Lamu to have a sea rescue team to watch out for such accidents and help rescue lives. The county and national governments can do something about that because such accidents are unavoidable.” said Abubakar.