Laikipia ambulance driver, nurse missing


The Kenya Red Cross Society, government officials and Laikipia North subcounty residents are looking for an ambulance driver and a nurse swept away by flash floods on Friday night.

The two were crossing the Loisokut River at Doldol.

The ambulance was found on the banks of the river, 300m downstream on Saturday morning.

Driver John Sarioyo and Mary Chebet were travelling to Doldol town from Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital, where they had taken a pregnant woman.

Laikipia Health executive Njoroge Wangui said the duo saved the woman’s life.

“The patient developed complications at Doldol District Hospital and the driver and the nurse rushed her to Nanyuki for specialised treatment. But when heading back to Doldol, they discovered the river had flooded,” he said.

Resident Francis Mepukori said Sarioyo drove across the flooded river, but the vehicle got stuck on the banks.

“He called several people and Chebet also telephoned colleague Sarah Gakii, informing her they were stuck in the mud after crossing the river,” he said.

Mepukori said as the two waited for help, flash floods dragged the vehicle downstream.

Kenya Red Cross county coordinator Anthony Kuria yesterday said the search team has covered more than 50km downstream.

“We received aerial support from a private helicopter company, which directed us to a dam in Kipsing village in Isiolo county, but were are yet to get the bodies,” he said.

Wangui said the duo could have been hurled outside the vehicle and washed away downstream.