Bodies of drowned pupils to be flown to Nairobi
14 August 2015, 09:17
Nairobi - Bodies of seven pupils from a Murang’a primary school who drowned in Indian Ocean Tuesday are expected to be flown to Nairobi.
The vicar general of Catholic dioceses of Murang’a, Fr. Stephen Kinuthia said plans are underway to see the bodies of the former St. Martin’s primary school pupils ferried near home so plans for burial can commence.
The deceased were among other Standard Eight pupils who were on a five-day educational trip in Mombasa before they met their death at Indian Ocean Tuesday afternoon.
Early Wednesday morning, parents were streaming into the school to know the fate of their children.
The incident cut short the tour of 56 pupils who were accompanied by four teachers and two subordinate staff, as they were expected to return to their school on Saturday.
Fr. Kinuthia termed the incident as unfortunate saying the school and local community has lost future brilliant leaders.
“We got the shocking news on Tuesday night and as the Catholic community of Murang’a which sponsors the school, we are really affected by the death of young pupils,” he said.
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The vicar general said eight students had gone for swimming at Bidi Badu Beach Bar at Diani seafront when an abrupt tide struck, drowning seven of them. One pupil was rescued.
“Three bodies were recovered before the end of Tuesday and the rest were found Wednesday morning. The bodies are in various hospitals in Mombasa and a team of the dioceses education board has left to Mombasa to arrange for transportation of the bodies to Nairobi,” said Fr. Kinuthia.
The Standard Eight Mombasa trip has been an annual event at the school which is among top performers in the county.
“The other pupils who survived the incident will also be coming back from Mombasa later in the evening,” added Kinuthia.
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