Helicopter deployed in the search for the body of a man in the Mara River.

The Mara Elephant Project crew has launched a rigorous aerial search for a missing colleague who drowned along with a fuel lorry driver, Dennis Mwangi, in the Mara River eight days ago.

With the help of experienced helicopter pilot Marc Groose, the team is conducting air operations over the crocodile and hyend-infested river in Narok West.

The search efforts paid off yesterday when deep-sea divers from the Coast discovered a decomposed half-body, believed to be that of the driver, along the banks of Tangulia Camp, located 100km west of the station.


The remains were taken to Longisa mortuary for forensic examination, but there is allegedly confusion as both families claim ownership.

On the day of the incident, three men were reported to have drowned, but one miraculously survived and is currently receiving treatment at Nairobi’s Kenyatta hospital, where he is in stable condition.

Meanwhile, the ground operation is being conducted by locals, Narok County Government forest and game rangers.