Family appeals for help to retrieve body.

The family of a 16 year old boy who drowned at the Clay works open dam in Kasarani Constituency on Monday afternoon is now appealing for help from professional divers to help remove the body from the water mass.

According to an aunt to the deceased Mary Wambui Chege, relatives and friends of Dennis Mucheru Chege have spent the last two days desperately trying to retrieve the body out of the 20 feet deep dam without success.

The distraught aunt narrated how the family got a distress call from passersby who found Dennis’ clothes and shoes dumped near the dam on Monday afternoon and commenced a search.

They were informed that Dennis together with an unknown friend were seen swimming in the dam in the early hours of the afternoon but it’s not clear what happened to them as only the clothes of Dennis were found dumped near the fateful dam.

Desperate attempts by rescuers have borne no fruits and the family is now calling for fire fighters and divers from the Nairobi County to come to their help.

Area OCPD Robinson Mboloi said that he sent his officers to the scene but unfortunately the dam is very deep and the officers lack professional diving skills.

Mboloi said that he has already appealed for professional help from the Mombasa based Navy and was optimistic that they will be able to retrieve the body before the end of the week.

He said that several lives have been lost in the open quarry dam in the last few years and cautioned people against swimming in the dam with water hyacinth.

Source: Kenya News Agency