Uganda police continue recovery of bodies after boat accident

Uganda police continue recovery of bodies after boat accident

The team of divers has increased to include Police. "The operation continues. It is a grieving moment for the nation", UPDF spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire tweeted on Sunday.

The boat owner Mr Templar Bisase and his wife Sheila Bisase were among the dead. Of course some have been identified, others are yet to be identified and the operation is ongoing as far as you can see. "The number of people on board was too much compared to the size of the boat". However unconfirmed, reports indicate that the boat had at least 100 revelers on board.

"We suspect the mechanical condition of the boat and the weather contributed to the sinking".

Police had said on Saturday at least 10 people were dead following the accident off Uganda's Mukono district, close to the capital Kampala.

Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and the third largest, by area, in the world after Lake Superior and the Caspian Sea.

First responders were reportedly among the victims.

The boat had gone about half its journey when the captain noticed the hull was "taking in water very quickly from welded spots", said Henry Ategeka, Uganda's principal marine inspector, citing findings from a preliminary investigation.

A body is carried on to shore at the rescue site of a capsized cruise boat on Lake Victoria
Image A body is carried on to shore

Local media reported that two fishing boats came to the rescue of the stricken pleasure craft, but both also became overloaded and subsequently capsized.

The boat's passengers, in a party mood halfway through their journey, likely panicked when the vessel started to sink, he said.

The Mutima Country Haven resort had been converted to a triage centre and morgue on Sunday morning where police were collecting the swollen bodies of victims.

Police spokesman Emilian Kayima said rescue efforts were continuing.

Our hearts and souls to the families of citizens that perished on Lake Victoria on the boat cruise.

Witnesses alleged that the ferry sank as it approached the dock when passengers rushed to one side to disembark.

Another 26 people had been rescued from the water, Onyango said, a lower figure than the initial 40 given by the police on Saturday.




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