Woman still missing as photo session turns tragic at Thomson Falls

A combined search has been mounted in River Ewaso Narok in Laikipia County, where a woman drowned on Sunday afternoon while taking pictures with her brother at the world famous Thomson falls in Nyahururu town.

The 39-year old woman identified as Ms Jemima Oresha was standing on a stone near the River which is located at the bottom of the falls when she slipped and fell into the River.

According to Mr Zablon Mungafu, the victim’s brother, he was taking a photo of his sister, when the photo session turned tragic.

He said that the victim had traveled to Nyahururu town from Kitale in Trans-Nzoia County on Saturday to visit some of her relatives who live in Nyahururu and was set to return to Kitale on Monday.

Mr Mungafu said that on Sunday his sister said that she would not go back to Kitale before catching a glimpse of the famous Thomson falls tourist attraction site.

He added that when they reached the site she was very excited to see the falls and insisted that he take photos of her while standing on a stone next to the river.

Mr Mungafu said that it was when she slipped and fell into the water.

According to Mr Zablon Mungafu, the victim’s brother, he was taking a photo of his sister, when the photo session turned tragic.

He noted that he informed security officers at the site who informed police and a rescue mission was launched.

Mr Milton Luvokha a family member has since called on the county government of Laikipia to send more divers so that they can help in retrieving the victim’s body.

Nyahururu Sub-County Police Commander (SCPC) Geoffrey Mayek said that the search mission was suspended on Sunday evening due to high levels of the river due to the current heavy rains.

He at the same time appealed to locals living downstream to report to police in case they spot the body on the river.

Thomson Falls stands 74 meters high on Ewaso Narok River.

They are one of Kenya’s highest cities, at 2360 meters above sea level.

The Falls are a tributary of Ewaso Nyiro River, which drains from the Aberdare ranges that form one of the pillars of the Great Rift Valley.

It projects a very scenic waterfall that has become a great attraction to both foreign, local visitors and nature lovers who flock into the site.


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