Three children drown in Nyahururu

A swimming expedition turned tragic after three children drowned at a dam inside Nyahururu Golf Club.

The dam is in the neighbourhood of Maina slums in Laikipia County.

According to residents of Kasaran village, the boys had spent the better part of the Sunday playing within the field when they decided to go and swim.

The three brothers aged between 9 and 12, among them twins are said to have undressed and left their clothes and shoes at the banks of the quarry.

Two dived in and when they appeared to be drowning their friend dived into the waters in an effort to save them but unfortunately also drowned.

It took the efforts of the Nyahururu Firefighters to suck off the water from the quarry to enhance the rescue mission after it proved impossible for divers to conduct the exercise due to heavy-muddy clay soil quarry.

Confirming the incident, Igwamiti Assistant County Commissioner Wambui Irungu said that the two boys dived into the dam to swim but were overpowered by the water before their friend, who was also overpowered, decided to rescue them.

She said that they had directed the Nyahururu Golf Club management to fence off the dam to avoid such incidents in future.

Laikipia County government fire engine was called to pump out water from the dam to retrieve the missing body.

Laikipia Governor Nderitu Mureithi regretted the accident saying that his administration was in talks with the Golf Club to find a permanent solution on the future of the dam.

Two of the bodies were retrieved almost immediately while the third was recovered at dawn Monday. The bodies were taken to the Nyahururu County Referral Hospital mortuary.

Meanwhile, seven suspected thugs were last night shot dead by police in a botched robbery at a warehouse in Industrial Area, Nairobi.

The seven are said to have tried to steal gas cylinders from the go down when an alarm was raised alerting police.

Five other suspects were arrested in relation to the incident and recovered the cylinders on a canter. The gang had apparently gone to the Softa go down and held two guards on duty hostage before they started to load the cylinders onto another lorry.

Nairobi Deputy Police Commandant Richard Kerich said police officers were alerted and managed to kill the seven on the spot.

According to Kerich, the police recovered a toy pistol, axe, machetes and claw bars. The bodies were moved to the City Mortuary.






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