Hell’s gate survivor Mr Ivraj Singh Hayer was still in a state of shock as he explained his miraculous escape from jaws of death.
His wife, five other relatives and a tour guide were not as lucky and they were washed away by torrent floods. Their bodies were found on Monday morning.
At 2.12pm on Sunday, according to Mr Hayer, they paid some fee and decided to take a quick walk through the famous gorge at the Hell’s Gate National Park.
Ol-Jorowa Gorge at Hell’s Gate National Park in Naivasha, Nakuru County.
“Before I decided to take the detour…I was very inquisitive about the safety but they (guides) assured that it was well,” said the mourning Mr Hayer.
With 13 family members in tow, they trudged on, eager to sample natural marvels at the historic gorge.
At around 3pm slight showers triggered alarm bells, with Mr Hayer expressing his reservation but was told the last tragedy occurred almost nine years ago.
“Suddenly, the water started flowing downstream and me and my driver held at each other as my relatives were being swept away, the guide made several distress calls to the KWS main office but the response was not forthcoming,” said Mr Hayer.
For close to one hour, they clung to their dear lives, with the driver holding on a stone while Mr Hayer and his niece clung on him.