At least 29 dead after cruise boat capsizes in Uganda

26 November, 2018, 15:03 | Author: Trevor Moore
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The death toll was expected to rise, he said.

The bodies were taken to Kampala City Mortuary as rescue efforts carried on.

"It is a sad moment".

Details emerged indicating that police marine officers attempted to block the ill-fated boat operators and revellers from leaving KK Beach in vain after being notified about fabrication of the vessel minutes before they set off. 26 people were rescued according to Uganda's Police.

This particular cruise had been marketed as an end of year boat cruise and attracted several middle class passengers, socialites and celebrities including Buganda kingdom prince David Wasajja, artists Iryn Namubiru, The Mith among others. "It can be fine on land but bad weather on the lake".

"It seems the boat was overloaded because whereas it had capacity for 50 people only, it had about 120 passengers on board, who also seemed to be partying with a lot of music".

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

Local government official Richard Kikongo said: "A big storm hit". "It can be fine on land but bad weather on the lake".

Some of the revelers on the boat before it capsized
Some of the revelers on the boat before it capsized

First responders were reportedly among the victims.

"I kept swimming until another boat surfaced, and retrieved us from the waters to the main land", he said.

Dozens more feared dead as pleasure boat sinks in Lake Victoria, in latest such incident on Africa's largest body of water.

. "The rescuers died too".

The survivors who were able to be rescued on Saturday night were shortly whisked away in a bus as the rescue mission continued.

One of the victims was identified as Sheila Mbonimpa, a mother of three and the wife of former Kampala City Authority (KCCA) staff David Ntege, who died of heart attack in October a year ago.

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

Police spokesman Mr Emilian Kayima could not divulge more details on the accident by press time.

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

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