Death toll from Uganda lake accident jumps to 30

Arturo Kim
November 25, 2018

Among those rescued on Saturday was Prince Daudi Kintu Wasajja, a brother of Ronald Mutebi, the king of Buganda kingdom, Uganda's largest.

"We recovered 13 bodies yesterday and this morning we have recovered 16", police officer Zula Gannyana told the dpa news agency, confirming the death toll.

Ugandan police carry away a body of one of the victims of a boat which capsized in Lake Victoria near the capital, Kampala, Uganda, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018.

Approximately 120 people are said to have been on the boat and some survivors said it was overloaded although the registration list had only 104 names. "It can be fine on land but bad weather on the lake".

According to the information by the President, the couple along with the other people on board were coming from a private beach and headed to another private beach in Mukono area.

Local media reports that as many as 66 people were found alive and rescued after the boat disaster.

Rescue operations are still underway with the Uganda Police Force Marine Unit confirming that at least 40 people had been rescued from the capsized boat.

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"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.

Police spokesman Asuman Mugenyi said: "We expect (the number of passengers) is beyond the capacity of the boat".

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

Early Sunday a police helicopter hovered low over the spot where the boat sank, as a team of divers searched for bodies under calm waters.

At around 6pm on Saturday night, a boat managed by Earthwise Enterprises en-route to Mutima landing site in Mukono capsized, killing several revelers who were on board for a boat cruise.

Nearby residents said the vessel was hired out for parties every weekend and often overloaded with revellers.

In September, hundreds died when the MV Nyerere passenger ferry sank on the Tanzanian side.

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