Divers retrieve body of boy who drowned in Nakuru river

Monday December 30 2019

Red Cross officials carrying the body of a 13-year-old boy which was retrieved from River Ndarugu in Nakuru West on December 30, 2019. PHOTO | FRANCIS MUREITHI | NATION MEDIA GROUP


Divers in Nakuru have retrieved the body of a 13-year-old boy who drowned in River Ndarugu on Saturday.

The body, according to Nakuru West Deputy County Commissioner Elmi Shafi, was retrieved on Monday afternoon.   

However, he said the body of a six-year-old boy, who also drowned in the river on Thursday, is yet to be retrieved.

Mr Shafi commended private divers from Mwariki who retrieved the body.


The ongoing search is boosted by divers from Bomet County. A section of River Ndarugu passes through the Nakuru national park before emptying its waters into the salty lake.


“The body of one of the boys who drowned in River Ndarugu was retrieved today (Monday) by divers from Mwariki,” said Mr Shafi.

The boy was identified as James Mugendi, a former pupil at Mwariki Primary School.

He was set to join Form One in January 2020 after sitting the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination this year.

His body was taken to Nakuru County Hospital mortuary for preservation and post-mortem.

Mr Shafi cautioned parents against allowing their children to play near the river.


“There is an influx of children who are dangerously spending their holidays swimming in the river and I urge the parents to ensure their children don’t go near the river,” said Mr Shafi.

He said the local administration had banned swimming in River Ndarugu. He warned that adults caught training children how to swim during the ban will be arrested and prosecuted.

He urged parents to ensure their children stay away from River Ndarugu.