Police: Deadly Waves Caused L. Victoria Boat Accident


stuff geneva; font-size: small;”>According to the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, clinic Ibin Ssenkumbi; there were “dangerous waves which rattled the boat until it capsized.”

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“The boat was also overloaded with 16 people and other items like fishing nets.”

He noted that only one person among those on the boat had a life jacket and therefore managed to save the other 6 people after the accident.

The accident occurred on Tuesday night.

Addressing the press on Thursday in Kampala, Ssenkumbi said the marine police have so far managed to retrieve five bodies out of the nine that drowned in the accident.

“We are trying our level best to see that the remaining bodies are retrieved from the water,’’ said Ssenkumbi, adding that however, they halted the search for the remaining bodies due to the bad weather on the lake.

“The search will resume immediately after the waves on the lake calm down.”

He said the bodies of the deceased were taken to Mulago Referral Hospital where the relatives can pick them.

Ssenkumbi called upon “all boat owners to have life jackets in their boats and ensure that people put them on before getting onto the lake.”

“There should be standard training for all those who ride boats and the standard capacity for the boats,’’ advised Ssenkumbi.


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