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Divers in Lake Nakuru recover items belonging to helicopter crash victim (Photos)

By Mercy Asamba | Published Sat, November 4th 2017 at 16:45, Updated November 4th 2017 at 22:00 GMT +3
One of the items recovered in Lake Nakuru by divers. (Photo: Courtesy)

IN SUMMARY

  • Among items recovered include a pair of black leather shoes, T-shirt, vest, trouser that has some personal documents in its pockets
  • The ill-fated helicopter, 5Y-NMJ, white in colour, that was commonly known to ferry politicians was involved in the crash at 7.30am on the fateful day

Divers in Lake Nakuru on Saturday recovered clothing believed to belong to John Mapozi, one of the victims of October 21 helicopter crash.

Among items recovered include a pair of black leather shoes, T-shirt, vest, trouser that has some personal documents in its pockets.

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Clothes believed to be belonging to the late John Mapozi

On Friday, after another futile search, nine divers and nine fishermen pulled out of search mission at citing lack of resources.

The ill-fated helicopter, 5Y-NMJ, white in colour, that was commonly known to ferry politicians was involved in the crash at 7.30am on the fateful day.

(Photo: Courtesy)

Victims of the accident included pilot Apollo Malowa, Anthony Kipyegon, Gitau, John Mapozi, and Veronicah Muthoni.

The pilot and Kipyegon's bodies were recovered on October 23, two days after the crash.

(Photo: Courtesy)

Inside the lake, there are many metallic substances and tree trunks that slow the operation, says the diver.

The modern machines supplied to help locate the debris, including sonar equipment from the Kenya Navy, and two magnetometers from the Geothermal Development Company (GDC) and Ministry of Mining now seem useless.

Families of the helicopter crash victims have expressed their pain and agony for the loss of their loved ones.

“I have nothing to say,"Ngugi tells Saturday Standard."I am here to watch the waves of this lake that holds the body of my son.”

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He travels from his home in Githunguri village, Kiambu County, waking up as early as 5am each day to begin his journey to the lake.

Ngugi keeps an eye on a team of Kenya Navy divers who venture into the lake for what is becoming a futile search for bodies.

His son, Sam Gitau, a renowned blogger, has been missing for several days alongside four other people after the helicopter they were travelling in crashed into the lake on the morning of Saturday, October 21.

The chopper crashed into Lake Nakuru minutes after taking off. The five passengers including the pilot of the 5Y-NMJ, were heading to Narok where President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Jubilee brigade are expected to hold a rally.


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