Uganda:10 people feared dead in Lake Albert boat accident

Published by Daily Monitor
On 19 November 2016 saa 07:08
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Ten people are feared dead after the boat they were traveling in capsized on Lake Albert.

Mr Julius Hakiza, the Albertine regional police public relations says the accident occurred on Thursday evening at the Kabolwa Landing Site in Buliisa District.

Mr Hakiza says a group of 21 people boarded the boat at about 5pm on Thursday on their way to Kagoya Landing site in Nebbi District.

He says the Police Marine Unit and local divers managed to rescue 11 people on Thursday night and Friday evening leaving no hope of finding the missing 10 alive.

Mr Hakiza said on Friday that the search for the missing bodies is on-going.

He says the accident was caused by heavy wind that hit an overloaded boat.

Among those missing are six females and four males whose identities are not yet known.

The survivors are being sheltered at the landing site. Lake Albert has a history of boat accidents with the most recent being the October incident where two fishermen drowned near a landing site in Kagadi district.

In March 2014 about 250 people most of whom Congolese refugees died when a boat they were traveling in capsized as they tried to cross into Uganda.

In August 2012, five people died in a boat accident at Sansio Landing Site in Buliisa District, while in August 2010, another boat accident claimed the lives of 33 people while 17 others survived while travelling between two landing sites on the same lake.


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