Dangers Divers Face Ahead of Thursday Car Retrieval Procedure at Likoni

Rescue operations at the Likoni Channel. A multiagency team has recovered the wreckage of the car that sunk with a woman and child [Photo, Courtesy]
Following the location and confirmation of the car involved in the Likoni Tragedy, the government gears for the next move to be conducted on Thursday.

Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna on Wednesday evening stated that the wreckage could not be pulled out of the water at night due to the challenges faced.

Oguna had remarked that the process would be conducted during the day to ensure that it went on without a hitch.

The removal of the vehicle is a nerve racking procedure as divers involved in the operation face difficulty and life threatening situations as described by a video seen by this reporter.

The first challenge posed is the depth at which the car is situated.

According to Colonel Oguna, the car is located at 57 metres deep, a depth that is described to be caved, murky and has poor visibility.

The next problem posed by the mission is the presence of sharks.

It is reported that the area is infested with a species of the creature identified as Bull sharks which are deadly.

Aside from the sharks, it is alleged that there are poisonous fish at that depth that are fatal to humans.

The other situation the water men will face is the strong currents that are proclaimed to be at roughly a speed of 7 knots.

The speed is purported to be a very high speed to conduct such an exercise.

The final difficulty would be the time underwater for the experts which is stated could be more than the required one.

Analysis indicate that the depth at which the car is, is more than the one stipulated for normal diving that is 42 metres.

A dive past the stated level would deprive the person of oxygen in regards to where the divers would be using enriched air in their tanks which would only sustain them for less than 15 minutes.

Before the confirmation by the Government spokesperson, the mission had stretched to 11 days without success.

On Tuesday, Divers from South Africa had arrived in the country in a bid to boost the exercise that had seemed would be a failure.

The government had in the past days called for volunteers to help in the process.

The Kenya navy had faced setbacks after it was reported that they had scanned 14 spots of where the vehicle would have sank with no success.

Swedish diver Volker Bassen during the Likony Tragedy recovery operation

Hopes of the family of the victims and Kenyans had been further dashed after a Swedish diver who had claimed would locate the car failed miserably.

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