The residents of Bomet particularly Sigor Ward in Chepalungu are mourning the death of a young boy who drowned while swimming with six others.
To make it worse, the boy's body has not been retrieved for six days on after divers started looking for him. According to sources, divers drawn from County government of Bomet, Red Cross Society and local divers commenced their search immediately the boy was reported missing.
Reports say that Elkana was swimming with others but on reaching the other end, the friends reported that he didn't arrive and that's when the search started.
However, the retrieval was married by challenges. Divers have found it hard to find the body citing that the dam had thick weeds and porous. 'Arap Ng'otwa'a known diver who retrieves drowned bodies also got injured and was admitted at Tenwek Hospital.
The County government had to give the divers special equipment that would help them in diving. The equipment include diving oxygen tanks and special clothing. An excavator was also brought to the area to break the large volumes of water. Despite these, the efforts seem to bore no fruits.
Residents are getting concerned as it is the sixth day since the search commenced and the body has not been found. One of them has suggested that elders should be called to the place to perform their rituals which can help. But luckily, the body of the boy was finally retrieved on Friday afternoon giving a sigh of relief to residents and family.
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