Family's painful search for son who drowned

Ali’s friends said he had promised to teach them how to swim. [Standard]

A family from Mombasa has been camping in Kibomet village waiting for help to retrieve the body of their son suspected to have drowned in a nearby dam.

Saidi Ali, a Form Four student, was in the company of three friends when the accident occurred on Sunday.

Ali’s mother, Zena Aziz, said her son had travelled to visit his grandparents. “He went to swim but drowned. We have been camping here in search of his body.”

The distraught mother said residents were demanding Sh60,000 and a bull before they could agree to search for the body.

"The divers said searching for the body is a risky exercise because they are not skilled and lack equipment.”

Ali’s friends said he had promised to teach them how to swim.

“He told us he was an experienced swimmer and that the dam was no danger to him. We were busy playing games on his phone when we realised he had been swept down by water,” said one of the friends.

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Residents accused the county government of failing to recruit and train divers to help during such incidents.

"It is unfortunate that we rely on unskilled youths who ask for money before they can search for bodies," said Dismas Maina.

County police commander Ayub Ali said they had intensified efforts to recover the body.

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