Uganda: Scores feared drowned after party boat capsizes on Lake Victoria

28 November, 2018, 13:18 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Saturday's accident occurred off Uganda's Mukono district near Kampala

East Africa's major lakes have been the scene of multiple boat accidents in recent years.

"I've seen a lot of accidents but nothing as bad as this", said Matovo, who -- along with oth er witnesses -- had recently seen the boat being fixed up. But police said the couple that owned and operated the boat had in fact died in the accident.

The embattled vessel was transporting passengers on a pleasure cruise on Lake Victoria for the weekend. Marine police tried to prevent the boat from going on the cruise, but they were overruled by the presence of two local princes among the passengers.

The vessel was believed to be overcrowded with almost 100 passengers, said police spokeswoman Zurah Ganyana. "It was overloaded and unfortunately people were drunk", Mugenyi said. In the scramble that ensued as the boat sank, a lot of people jumped onto a canoe that arrived within minutes to rescue the victims. "In the morning, when they found his body, another dead man was still grabbing him", said Maureen Nagawa, speaking of her drowned cousin.

"A big storm hit", said Richard Kikongo, a local government official. "The boat was overloaded and secondly there was bad weather", he told Reuters news agency.

According to some survivors, the captain of the ship reportedly warned the passengers that the boat had a mechanical fault and wanted to cancel the cruise but the passengers insisted on the trip after it was perforated by a tractor that pushed the boat into the deeper waters off the boat fix centre.

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More than 200 people were killed in a Tanzanian ferry disaster in September.

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

Police spokesman Emilian Kayima said late Saturday that police marine units had pulled 40 survivors from the water.

Lake Victoria is the site of many boat disasters.

Ferry accidents are not uncommon on the lake and the number of fatalities is often high due to a shortage of life jackets and the fact that many local people can not swim.

"Many more people are missing".

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