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Mukono Boat Accident Blamed On Overloading; Death Toll at 20; Rescuers Among the Dead

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.

At the time the mission was halted, a total of 13 bodies had been retrieved from the waters according to Police Spokesman Emilian Kayima.

Mr Kayima who was at the scene expressed fear that many more bodies were likely to be found as the rescue resumes today.

“13 bodies confirmed dead, taken to City Mortuary. The operation continues tomorrow. Many feared dead and still in the waters!” Kayima updated on social media.

As the rescue mission resumed today, another seven bodies were reportedly retrieved from the waters according to the deputy army spokesman Lt Deo Akiiki.

The army spokesman says UPDF Marines had managed to mark the wreckage area, and working with police, found seven more bodies trapped in the boat.

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Meanwhile, it emerged Sunday morning that some of the people who died in the waters in the night were fishermen who rushed in to the accident point.

Relatives of some of deceased fishermen early this morning were inconsolable on learning about the fate of their loved ones.

According to some of the eyewitnesses and survivors, the ill-fated boat appeared to be overload.

There were reports that at the time it capsized, it was taking in water.

One of the staff members at Mutima beach told media, “We heard a lot of screaming we dashed to their rescue.”

Rescuers last night managed to pull at least 40 people alive from the water, among them the Prince Wasajja, brother to Buganda King Ronald Mutebi.

 

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