In what appears as suicide, a youthful man died earlier in the morning today in Mombasa County after plunging himself into the Indian Ocean and drowning at the Nyali bridge.
Eyewitnesses account of the event reports that the deceased jumped off the bridge at around 6 AM in the morning and died minutes later.
“At around 6 am, I was passing by the bridge when I heard a commotion. I asked one onlooker what was happening and he was not able to respond. After 30 minutes, a body floated on the water and we got closer to have a look.
The body was of a middle-aged man, partially bitten off by fish. We called the police who came here to retrieve the body,” narrated Emilia Akule Agnes, a witness.
Police officers and the fire brigade team are reported to have arrived at the scene minutes later and retrieved the body.
The spot is notorious for myriads of suicides at the Coast with several people said to be abandoning their vehicles while jumping into the ocean at the spot.
Reports further indicate that cases of suicide have increased in the past months at the coast, with several children’s bodies retrieved at the bridge.
The body has since been taken to Makadara Hospital mortuary as the police try to establish the identity of the deceased and the reason for suicide.
Coastal residents have since suggested that the bridge should be manned by police officers to reduce the number of suicide cases reported there.
The Bridge is a 396-meter long concrete girder bridge connecting the city of Mombasa on the Island to the mainland. it crosses Tudor Creek to the northeast side of the island.