Likoni car found, operation ends tomorrow-Government Spokesman Oguna

The area with green and red markers is where the car was spotted, 58 meters depth seabed. [Weldon Kipkemoi, Standard]
The vehicle that plunged into the Indian Ocean with a woman and her daughter on board has been spotted and positively identified by the multi-agency divers.

Government Spokesman Rtd Col Cyrus Oguna in a briefing said they have confirmed that the vehicle with registration number KCB 289c is the one that plunged into the ocean.

However, Mr Oguna said they were yet to confirm if the car still had occupants inside.

"We can confirm to all Kenyans that the car inside the ocean is the one that plunged, but we cannot confirm if the bodies are inside we will only do that tomorrow after retrieving it," Oguna said.

Earlier on, a close family source who spoke to Standard Digital on anonymity said that they had been informed by the authorities that three bodies had been seen in the car.

The development precedes an earlier interview where the government spokesman said they were 90 per cent sure that the vehicle was the one that plunged.

The government spokesman told the family members that the car will be retrieved tomorrow at 9 am and by 2pm all work will be done.

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He noted that the multi-agency team including the South African divers working with Kenya Navy made the success after 11 days.

He said that a crane will be used to winch and pull the vehicle from the seabed tomorrow.

The family members of Mariam Kighenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu received the news during the 6.15pm press briefing with joy as their hope of retrieving bodies of their loved ones became imminent.

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