It has emerged that divers led by the Kenya Navy are facing a several challenges in the ongoing rescue operation at the Likoni Ferry Channel.
On Sunday last week, a car slid from MV Harambee ferry which was moving from Likoni main land towards Mombasa Island and plunged into the Indian Ocean.
Bodies of a mother and her 4-year-old daughter who were the occupants of the plunged car are yet to be found, seven days later.
Kenyans on social media have been directing their anger at recovery operation teams, and especially the Kenya Navy.
However, there are so many challenges divers are facing, that are delaying the recovery operation.
As per the rescue update given at 11am on Sunday, Kenya Ferry asked for patience from Kenyans.
Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna said their wish is to retrieve two bodies from the ocean bed and not to add more bodies.
"In there, there are so many things, when they dive in we should also be concerned about their life, there are two bodies inside but it will be of no use if we add in more bodies.(Kule ndani kuna mambo mengi, wanapoingia ni lazima pia tuangalie usalama wao, kwa kweli kuna mili miwili pale chini lakini haitakua na faida kama kuongeza mili mingine)," said Oguna on Sunday 11 am.
On Saturday, Transport CS James Macharia said the divers were facing several challenges including:
1. Depth of ocean. He said the channel is as deep as 60 metres, which posed a challenge to divers.
2. Poor visibility, this is being caused by a racket terrain, which is making it hard for divers to locate the car. SUV robot could not take clear pictures due to poor visibility.
3. Strong currents was another problem the CS raised.
4. Bad weather, Mombasa has been receiving heavy rainfalls since last week, which has posed another challenge for divers.