The body of the man who was the occupant of a vehicle that plunged into the channel early Saturday morning has been retrieved.
The body of the middle aged man was retrieved a few minutes past 8.00 am and the saloon car is yet to be retrieved.
The man has been identified as 46 year old John Mutinda.
According to a statement from Kenya Ferry Services,the vehicle whose number plate has not yet been established was being driven from the mainland to the island when it drove past the barrier and plunged into the Indian ocean.
“The number of occupants in the car have not yet been established.The Kenya Ferry Services rescue boat responded immediately ,together with Kenya Navy,Kenya Police and other multi Agencies. The recovery operations is under way .” Kenya Ferry Services said in a statement on Saturday morning.
This comes less than three months after a Toyota Isis car that plunged into the ocean with Mariam Kigenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu was retrieved.
The car plunged into the ocean on 28th September killing the two occupants and was retrieved after 13 days.
In February this year,a Panama flagged ship sunk under mysterious circumstances while on anchorage at the Mtongwe shipyard.
This comes amidst growing calls to have Kenya Ferry replace the faulty ramps that have been blamed for causing marine accidents at the channel.
In October,president Uhuru Kenyatta fired the entire board of the Kenya Ferry Services that included the former Taita Taveta senator Dan Mwanzo.