31-year-old Dorcas Jepkemoi Chumba has died after she fell into a dam while on a date with her fiancé, Benjamin Kazungu, at Chepkiit Waterfalls in Nandi County, Kenya
Her fiance, Benjamin Kazungu had been using her phone to take pictures of her when the tragedy occurred and she was immediately swept away by raging waters before he could save her.
Kazungu said he had brought his girlfriend out to enjoy the stunning view of the waterfall for a picnic at the famous falls. He said they were hoping to hang out on the spot as they both enjoyed adventure but he didn’t realize it would be the last time he ‘d ever see his girlfriend.
He recounted how he was taking photos of his fiancé unaware that the photos would be the last memory he would have of his fiancé.
He narrated how wonderful it was watching her pose with excitement for the pictures before she accidentally slipped into the flooded dam, disappearing into the waters as he tried unsuccessfully to save her.
“I encountered the worst scene of my life. Seeing her sinking helplessly into the water and my effort proving futile breaks my heart even more,” said Kazungu.
The family of the deceased have been camping at the falls since the sad incident with the hope of retrieving the body. Efforts by local divers to retrieve Jepkemoi’s body have been unsuccessful.
“We have been camping here since Sunday, local divers have been trying, but they are yet to get the body out,” said Jepkemoi’s brother Victor Kiptoo.
Kiptoo said his sister was jovial on the fateful the day before her death as she was anxiously waiting to go for a picnic with her lover.
He appealed to county governments of Uasin Gishu and Nandi together with the national government to help the family of nine children to retrieve the body of their sister.
“Painful as it is, it has happened, and we accept it, what we are requesting is help to retrieve the body for burial,” said Kiptoo.