The family of a 60-year-old British tourist woman in mourning after she plunged to her death while hiking Mt Kenya.
According to reports, the UK woman died alongside her guide, Kelvin Muriuki who attempted to catch her when she slipped during the hike.
The duo was coming from hiking the mountain’s third-highest summit, point Lenana.
Efforts to rescue the victims after they fell to the bottom of the mountain were derailed by bad weather.
The rescuers made three efforts before finding their lifeless bodies.
The two bodies were set to be flown to Nairobi.
Before tragedy struck, the British woman had seen a similar fall while hiking.
A friend of Muriuki was heartbroken over the moment describing the victim as a guide who lived to serve humanity.
“My friend has rested. Our hearts are broken. May his soul transition to the afterlife peacefully. May his selflessness inspire us to live fully, dedicating our lives to the service of humanity. Go well, Kevin. Continue smiling gracefully in the afterlife,” he wrote.
Hiking becomes risky due to frequent rainfall in the area, which can result in such accidents.
There have been several cases reported of hikers falling to their deaths while on Mt Kenya.
A group of researchers from Kenyatta University found that some hikers disregard safety advice and endanger themselves.
Among other factors, inadequate risk management and a lack of specialized training in wilderness first aid are other reasons of fatalities.