Highschool Student Reported Missing While Hiking At Mount Longonot Has Died

During a hiking trip to Mt. Longonot in Nakuru County on Thursday, a pupil from Nyahururu Elite Secondary School was reported missing. He has since passed away.

The youngster was discovered Friday morning when a multi-agency team began search and rescue operations, according to Naivasha Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Mutua Kisilu, who confirmed the news.

He further claimed that at the time the youngster was discovered, he was breathing heavily and had bruises on his hands that appeared to indicate that he had fallen along the way.

The student was therefore airlifted to a hospital in Nairobi by the multi-agency team for treatment, but he was pronounced dead then.

The hike was taken on Thursday by a group of about 70 individuals, including 26 Form Four students, 10 teachers, and the principal of the school, Simon Gacheru Macharia.

After two hours of hiking, a student named Enock Balemba, who is 17 years old, reportedly got bored and informed a classmate he couldn’t go on.

The student, who is also the school’s captain, chose to sit down and stay put. However, it was afterwards said that he abruptly got up, rushed into the brush, and vanished.

The teachers then made the decision to report the incident to the Longonot KWS camp where KWS Officers joined the search effort until 8pm but were unable to find the student.

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