Woman whose car plunged into the ocean in Mombasa dies

Scare as car plunges into the ocean at Makupa Causeway, Mombasa 1

Ms Winnie Achieng, 33, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Coast General Hospital where she had been rushed for treatment.

According to a police report obtained by the Nation, Ms Achieng, who was the driver of the ill-fated car, hit a pavement while heading towards Mombasa Island from Changamwe.

"It happened that the driver who was at the time using the outer lane overtook a motorcycle which was ahead of her and as when was swerving back, the motor vehicle hit a pavement, lost control and plunged into the Indian Ocean," reads the police report.

The deceased who was driving a Toyota Vitz, registration KCY 556B, had her 12-year-old son in the car at the time of the incident.

Rescuers retrieve a car from the ocean in Mombasa

Photo credit: Kevin Odit | Nation Media Group

The boy managed to swim to safety while the woman was rescued by local divers. He had minor injuries which were treated at the hospital before he left with his father.

The woman, however, is said to have taken in a lot of water before she was rescued.

Rescuers retrieve a car from the ocean in Mombasa

Rescuers retrieve a car from the ocean after it plunged into the Makupa Causeway on December 23, 2020.

Photo credit: Kevin Odit | Nation Media Group

Eyewitnesses at the scene told the Nation that the vehicle was being driven at high speed.

"The car was moving at a high speed. I saw it heading towards Mombasa Island and all of a sudden I saw it in the ocean. I rushed to rescue the occupants," said Mr Omar Chigamba, a local who saved the woman. 

He said the child managed to swim out of the vehicle and rescue himself while the mother was strapped to her seat by a safety belt. 

When I got there...she was in bad shape when we managed to remove her," added Mr Chigamba. 

The woman's body is at the Coast General Hospital mortuary.