While divers are trying their best to retrieve bodies from the Indian Ocean at the Likoni Channel, historically, deepest scuba diving has never been a walk in the park, a lot has to be done for a successful dive.
On Saturday, Transport CS James Macharia revealed that divers were being faced with serious challenges in the rescue mission.
"As you are aware, there are some challenges which we have, serious challenges, number one the depth of the waters, it is about 60 metres, number down there the terrain is very racket, and so visibility is not clear, number three as you know there is strong current flowing, and then you see the weather, traffic in terms of ferries and big ships," said CS Macharia.
More so, Guinness World Record holder for the deepest scuba diving in history was an Egyptian, a 46-year-old Ahmed Gabr who reached 1,090 feet, which is about 332.35 meters deep in the Red Sea in the year 2014, by then he was 41 years old.
Ahmed Gabr, a special forces officer, had worked in the forces for at least 17 years where he trained other divers, and it was during the last 4 pieces of training he took part in that prepared him for the historic dive.
Surprisingly, while it took him only 12 minutes to reach the 1,090 feet depth, it took the diver nearly 15 hours to emerge to the surface due to the risks involved.
Last Sunday, a car slid from MV Harambee ferry that was moving from the Likoni mainland to Mombasa Island and plunged into the Indian Ocean with two family members on board, a mother, Mariam Kighenda and her 4-year-old daughter, Amanda Mutheu.
Divers have camped at the channel now for a week but still not able to retrieve the bodies.
Kenya Ferry Services is still asking for patience as the divers try their best during the rescue operation.