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Rescue mission turns tragic as KDF soldier and his two sons drown in quarry

By NYABOGA KIAGE December 19th, 2018 1 min read

A Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldier and his sons on Tuesday drowned in a quarry located in the Makongeni barracks in Thika.

The tragic incident happened after the soldier learnt that his sons who were swimming in a nearby murram excavation site had slipped and fallen into the quarry.

In a desperate effort to rescue his sons, the father, a KDF sergeant who has been identified as James Kobia, immediately rushed to the scene.


“After discovering the incident, he took a tire and jumped into the pool aiming to rescue the two boys,” a report made at the Makongeni police post stated.

However, his rescue mission turned tragic as he not only failed to rescue the two boys but also ended up drowning in the quarry.

The three bodies were eventually retrieved from the waters on Wednesday morning by a Disaster Response Unit team from KDF headquarters in Nairobi. The two boys have been identified as Vincent Muchui, 7, and Joseph Githinji, 11.