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Winnie Achieng': Car plunges into Indian Ocean with woman, child on board

Tuko logo Tuko 23/12/2020 Asher Omondi
a group of people swimming in a body of water: Winnie Achieng': Car plunges into Indian Ocean with woman, child on board © Provided by Tuko Winnie Achieng': Car plunges into Indian Ocean with woman, child on board

- Police report confirmed Winnie Achieng' and her son Gift were heading to Mombasa mainland from Changmwe when car plunged into the ocean

- The 12-year-old son swam to safety while his mother who had her seat belt on remained trapped inside the car

- Local divers rushed to the scene and managed to pull out the 33-year-old woman who was already unconscious

There was a scare at Makupa causeway in Mombasa when a saloon car plunged into the Indian Ocean after the driver lost control.

Makupa causeway where the incident happened. Photo: Tycoonews.

Source: Facebook

The Toyota Vitz registration KCY 556B with two occupants, a mother and her son, was coming from Changamwe towards Mombasa Island when it lost control at Kibarani.

The local divers quickly rushed to the scene to rescue the victims identified as Winnie Achieng' Otieno and Gift Otieno, who were later on rushed to the hospital for emergency treatment.

The 12-year-old son swam to safety while his mother who had her seat belt on, remained trapped inside the car until the divers came to her rescue.

Divers pulling out Winnie from the car. She was trapped inside. Photo: Teddy Munene.

Source: Facebook

The two were taken to Coast General Hospital for treatment where the mother died upon arrival while Gift was admitted with some injuries.

Police report confirmed Achieng' while had attempted to overtake a motor vehicle which was ahead of her using outer lane.

As she swerved back to her lane, the Toyota Vitz, registration KCY 556B, hit the causeway pavement before losing control and plunging into the ocean.

A similar incident involving a mother and her daughter was reported by TUKO.co.ke on September 2019 after their car fell off Likoni Ferry into the ocean.

The bodies of Mariam Kighenda and daughter Amanda Mutheu were retrieved after two weeks of a delicate multi-agency recovery exercise.

The two were trapped inside Toyota Allion.

The rescue team led by Kenya Navy sighted the wreckage and its two occupants at about 58 metres under water, from 14 points that had identified as its possible locations.

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