Lake Victoria Accident: 30 Confirmed Dead as Police Explains Discrepancy in Numbers

Officials have confirmed at least 30 bodies were pulled from Lake Victoria where a boat cruise capsized last night.

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) together with Police Marine Units have been working since last night on an intense rescue operation with help from locals.

The army spokesman Brig Richard Karemire confirmed by mid-day today that an additional 17 bodies had been pulled from the water since Sunday morning.

“The team of divers has increased to include Police. So far the number of the dead retrieved are 30 in total. Those alive remain 26. The operation continues. It is a grieving moment for the Nation,” Brig Karemire said.

Last night’s operation recovered 13 bodies, and rescued a total of 26 people.

Police had earlier yesterday stated that at least 40 people were rescued alive from the water.

In trying to explain change in numbers, the Police in a statement said some of the survivors refused to be registered by the Police.

“The figure has changed because after securing them, others refused to register with us, so police has only numbers of those that registered with us. Marine team are doing whatever they can to find more bodies,” Police said in a statement.


The army and Police believe there are no more expected survivors of the accident.

Over 100 people are said to have been on board the boat which was moving from KK Beach to Palm Beach in Mukono District.

Among the survivors was Prince Daudi Kintu Wasajja, brother with the Kabaka of Buganda Roland Muwenda Mutebi, as well as singer Iryn Namubiru.

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