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Shock, agony as identical twins drown while swimming in Indian Ocean; they died while holding hands

A family in Kwale County is still in agony following the loss of two family members who drowned on Monday evening while swimming at Gazi in Msambweni.

Kennedy Gichuri and Solomon Macharia, who were twins aged 18, and a relative, 14, were swimming in the Indian Ocean when they were overwhelmed by the strong ocean currents while trying to reach the shore.

“They were swimming in a place that was a little bit high but when they attempted to get back they got into the deep and couldn’t make it,” Samuel Gitundu Njuguna, the father to the two boys said.

Local fishermen rescued the 14-year-old boy who had had hanged on a mangrove tree to save his life. At this point, he was unconscious and could not give information about the twins.

After a futile search on Monday evening, a spirited gang of fishermen kicked off the exercise on Tuesday at exactly 5:00 am.

There bodies were retrieved after a three-hour search. The bodies have been taken to Kwale mortuary.

Gachuri and Macharia had just received their 2020 KCSE results, and were on the verge of joining college after scoring C+ and C respectively.

This is not the first time people have drowned in the Indian Ocean while on swimming expedition. Last year, two holidayers of Indian origin died while swimming at Galu beach in Diani.

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