Police is resuming operations to find the remainder of the people who were involved in a boat accident last night in Lake Victoria. The boat which was moving from KK Beach to Palm Beach capsized just a few dozen meters off Mutima Island.
The Police and UPDF Marine Units were involved in an intensive rescue operation through most of last night, which was paused just after midnight due to extreme conditions.
A combined Marine force from Uganda Police and the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) have said they expect no more survivors from the boat that capsized Saturday evening after a whole night of combing the waters.
According to UPDF deputy spokesperson Lt Col Deo Akiiki, thirteen (13) bodies had been retrieved from the waters last night and at least 26 people rescued alive.
He also added that at least seven (7) bodies have since been retrieved since Sunday morning, while there seems to be no hope of recovering any more alive.
We got our divers in the waters by 7:00am, and deployed more marine facilities. We retrieved seven (7) bodies, we later retrieved three (3) more were retrieved to make 22 bodies,” he said.
Akiiki said that they are also deploying Air force divers to help the army and Police brigade as well as a helicopter and more air assets from UPDF Air Force to help look out for more bodies or at least those who could by God’s Grace be alive at the moment.
What went wrong?
This is the question many Ugandans are asking in the wake of a boat cruise tragedy on Lake Victoria which capsized yesterday night.
At least 120 people are said to have been on the boat including Prince David Wasajja, Kabaka Mutebi’s younger brother. Police said that only 26 people were rescued alive. This potentially means that up to 90 people could have perished in the accident.