Police are trying to identify a male corpse recovered floating in the Likoni channel of the Indian Ocean on Tuesday morning.The body of the unidentified man has decomposed and some body parts missing.The discovery of the corpse has sparked speculation it might have been in the vehicle whose driver drowned after driving into the channel on Saturday morning. Joseph Mutinda’s corpse and the car were retrieved from the channel on Saturday afternoon.
Likoni Police boss Jane Munywoki confirmed to The Standard that they had received information from the public that there was a body floating on India Ocean along Florida beach near the ferry landing site.She said police and Red Cross officials retrieved the body which had already decomposed. “The body seems to have decomposed. It has been in the water for some days and no one has come to claim it or report a missing person,” she said.The incident comes days after a man plunged into the sea with his car dying on the spot.
The unidentified man aged between 30-35 had his left arm chopped off.Family said the man had woken up early that morning and left for work as usual. Security officials at ferry tried to stop him for routine check but he defied orders and sped off.
The deceased also defied paying toll charges and instead accelerated his car into the Indian Ocean. The body was retrieved hours later.Meanwhile, a video clip has been posted on the internet purporting to show the moment Mutinda drove into the Indian Ocean.Apparently filmed by the closed circuit TV (CCTV) at the ferry crossing, it shows the saloon car in full flight and at top speed. In the 14 second clip, a car is seen speeding into the waters against a background of lights, believed to be of Mombasa Island.It sweeps across the water for about three seconds with its lights on, slows then sinks. We could not authenticate the clip nor its veracity.Cases of accidents at Likoni ferry channel are not new. Last month, a mother and her daughter died after their car slipped off the MV harambee vessel.
Bodies of Marium Kigenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu were retrieved after 12 days at the sea bed.