At Least 30 Drown In Africa's Lake Victoria After Overcrowded Boat Sinks

An aerial view of the ill fated MV Templar
An aerial view of the ill fated MV Templar
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26 November, 2018

Police said the boat was "in poor mechanical shape" and was overloaded with passengers on a lake cruise when it capsized.

Uganda Police Force wrote on Social media that "The Uganda Police Force Marine Unit rescues over 40 people alive in Lake Victoria".

"I send condolences to the families of the people who died in the accident on Lake Victoria last evening", he said.

"The boat was overloaded and secondly there was bad weather", Patrick Onyango told Reuters, adding the boat was carrying 84 people, majority revellers.

Lawn games at the Mutima Country Resort, close to the capital Kampala, were pushed aside Sunday to make way for an open-air morgue where police collected the bloated bodies of victims. According to police sources, more than 70 people are still missing.

Mr Museveni said Sunday that the private boat owned by a Mr Templa Bissase and his wife was seemingly overloaded.

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More than 90 passengers were on the boat, leading officials to believe that the death toll will rise.

Among the dead are local fishermen who rushed to rescue people from the sinking ferry that was reportedly taking in water through a hole at the base after it was perforated by the tractor that was used to "push" the ferry into the waters from it's fix centre. "Help us!' and the boat was sinking very quickly", said Sam Tukei, one of several local men who used fishermen's canoes to rescue people.

The boat, on a routine pleasure cruise and full of mostly youthful revelers, overturned and sank at about 7 p.m. on Saturday, she said. Some of the boat cruise passengers were singers Iryn Namubiru and The Mith of the group Klear Kut. "The rescuers died too".

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

The accident comes barely two months after 224 people perished after Tanzania's MV Nyerere capsized in Lake Victoria.

In 1966, more than 800 people lost their lives on Lake Victoria when the MV Bukoba sank off the mainland town of Mwanza, according to the Red Cross.


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