Residents of South Imenti village, Laikipia County have been thrown into shock and mourning after two teenage boys drowned at Shalom dam during a swimming expedition.
One of the victims, Emmanuel Kingori aged 15 was a standard eight pupil, while the other, Caleb Kanja aged 12, was a class 5 pupil, both from South Imenti primary school.
Nyambogichi location Chief, Joyce Mugo said Boniface Mutuma, who had accompanied his peers managed to escape the tragic incident and raised alarm.
“It is unfortunate that we have lost two teenage boys who were on a swimming expedition. One of them managed to rescue himself and alerted the locals but it was too late,” Mugo said.
Mugo added that they had to mobilize divers from Mombasa and Sagana, who retrieved the bodies Tuesday morning.
“The dam is 50 metres deep and full of logs and rocks making it difficult to easily recover the bodies. It took the efforts of divers from Mombasa and Sagana to retrieve the bodies of the two teenagers,” said the chief.
Peter Kariuki, a local resident, expressed his concern over lack of effectiveness on the part of county government in salvaging such incidents.
“We were shocked that the county government sent a firefighter to the scene yet it was not a fire incident. The county should employ effective measures in case of such incidents to make the process seamless,” Kariuki said.
Mugo cautioned against swimming in the dam, arguing that it is extremely dangerous for any individual.
“I am calling on everyone to take caution and avoid swimming in the dam to avoid future tragic occurrences. Our safety is our responsibility,” the administrator said.