Rwanda Boat Horror: Woman’s Body Still Missing
Rwanda Police Marines are working round the clock to locate the body of one Julienne Nyirantezilyayo after a boat ferrying nine passengers from Boneza sector to Musasa sector in Rutsiro district capsized on Monday.
At least 8 of the passengers were rescued by divers from the Marine Police unit.
She is presumed to have died after several hours of searching proved fruitless. Efforts to retrieve the body of Nyirantezilyayo are still ongoing.
According to sources from the Marine Police Unit, the cause of the accident was due to heavy waves that upturned the boat. The sources further pointed out that the capsized boat didn’t have any life saving gear such as life jackets.
Though not common, such accidents do happen from time to time and Marine Police has through its outreach program to residents urged people to use certified water vessels.
The commanding officer of Marine Police unit Superintendent Eugene Mushayija has once again called on all who use water transport desist using banned boats such as canoes for transport.
He urged them to always have their life jackets on as they are real life savers in case of accidents such as capsizing.
“We would not have lost someone had all the passengers had their life jackets on,” said Superintendent Mushayija.
Rwanda National Police calls on people using water transport to abandon travelling in non certified water vessels but also demand to have life jackets distributed to them before embarking on their journeys.
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Updated on 2013-06-04 10:39
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