Ugandans have taken to social media to commiserate with the families of the people who drowned in Lake Victoria when a cruise boat they were on capsized.
At least 26 bodies had been pulled from the water by Sunday morning.The boat is said to have had about 100 people on board at the time it sunk.
In hundreds of messages sent out on social media, Ugandans hailed the rescue operations while others called for reinforcement of the security forces’ marine units.
Very sorry to hear of the loss of life in Lake Victoria of re vellers whose boat capsized. Well done to the @PoliceUg and UPDF Marine units who rescued some people.
— Muhoozi Kainerugaba (@mkainerugaba) November 25, 2018
I convey my condolences to the families of those who died when a cruise boat capsized on Lake Victoria. I pray that those battling injuries physical and mental may be fully restored to health. I salute the @PoliceUg and the UPDF for their valiant rescue efforts which saved lives.
— Norbert Mao (@norbertmao) November 25, 2018
My thoughts & prayers to families that lost loved ones in the L.Victoria boat tragedy. Many thanks to first responders & Police’s marine Unit for saving some lives. In future, let’s insist on safety precautions – wear life jackets, avoid overloading, before traveling on water. pic.twitter.com/p45xfqaKCy
— Molly Kamukama (@mollykamukama) November 25, 2018
Singer Iryn Namubiru who was on the cruise but made it out alive tweeted her gratitude to God.
I would like to thank all of you who have reached out to me. By GOD’S GRACE I am still Alive ,safe and getting medical attention but so traumatised. My deepest thoughts to our comrades who didn’t make it and condolences to the bereaved families. What can I say? GOD #NSIIMYE 🙏 pic.twitter.com/hH4qbvVYlK
— Iryn Namubiru (@irynnamubiru) November 25, 2018
The rescue operations resumed this morning and according to the UPDF, about seven bodies were retrieved from the wreckage in the morning. Some of them are said to have been fishermen who rushed to the scene to rescue.
Quiet, somber mood at Mutiima beach as relatives and friends wait for news of their loved ones. There are occasional screams and cries when a body is pulled from the water. #Uganda #LakeVictoriaBoatAccident pic.twitter.com/WshWHKavpV
— Catherine Byaruhanga (@cathkemi) November 25, 2018
Rescuers led by police continue to retrieve bodies from the waters of #LakeVictoria, #Uganda following yesterday’s tragedy.
Relatives of fishermen who died trying to save people wail as they recognise their loved ones.
The death toll isn’t yet clear pic.twitter.com/nHQeYLgA3U
— Michael O’Hagan (@micoh) November 25, 2018
— Kifefe Kizza-Besigye (@kizzabesigye1) November 24, 2018
Although Police had initially revealed last night 40 people were rescued from the water, it emerged today that only 26 people were saved.
Sincere condolences to the families of those that lost their loved ones in this unfortunate incident AND many thanks to the Marine unit of the @PoliceUg for the great& timely rescue efforts. We thank God for the 40 lives saved & we pray for those 10 lost to rest in Peace. https://t.co/FOzgG9LMle
— Frank K Tumwebaze,MP (@FrankTumwebazek) November 24, 2018