A Kenyan lady identified as Dorcas Jepkemoi Chumba has died in an accident after she fell to her death while taking photos near a dam.
What was to be romantic outing turned tragic for two lovebirds when a 31-year-old woman was swept by raging waters at a place that is arguably Nandi County’s most scenic site.
Dorcas Jepkemoi Chumba accidentally slipped and drowned at Chepkiit waterfalls as she posed for photos on Sunday afternoon.
Benjamin Kazungu, her fiance, said they had gone to the falls to enjoy the afternoon.
The romantic picnic had been in their plans for long, only for it to turn tragic. The photographs Kazungu took that afternoon with his phone were the last of Chumba, the exact moment she fell into the falls still edged in his memory.
“It was the worst scene of my life. Seeing her sinking helplessly into the water and my effort to save her proving futile breaks my heart even more,” he said.
Kazungu narrated how beautiful Chumba looked as she posed for the pictures. Then she was gone in a flash, after accidentally slipping into the flooded dam and disappearing into the water.
Chumba’s family has been camping at the falls since Sunday, hoping that her body will be retrieved soon.
All efforts by local divers have been unsuccessful. Victor Kiptoo, Chumba’s brother, said his sister had been in a jovial mood that morning as she prepared for her date.
“Painful as it is, it has happened and we have accepted it. We are requesting for help to retrieve the body for burial,” he said.
The family from Kapchorua in Keiyo South, Elgeyo Marakwet County, is pleading for help from the national and county governments of Uasin Gishu and Nandi to retrieve the body.