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Police, UPDF Marines Start Pulling MV Templar Out of the Water

Police and the UPDF Marine Units on Monday morning embarked on an operation to pull the ill-fated cruise boat out of Lake Victoria.

The MV Templar capsized last Saturday evening, a short distance from Mutima Beach, taking down with it several dozen lives.

A total of 31 bodies were pulled out of the water by yesterday, and with just 27 people rescued alive, many passengers are still missing including the boat captain.

As the third day of the rescue operation kicked off today, Police revealed on social media that the marines have started pulling the boat wreckage out of the Lake “to establish if there are more bodies still trapped under.”

The Police also intend to find out whether the boat had a hole which could have caused the accident.

There were accounts that water was entering the boat before it lost balance and capsized.

The boat was reportedly repaired hastily before it set off from KK Beach in Gaba for the fatal trip.

According to Junior Transport Minister Aggrey Bagiire, Ministry official were looking for this boat through last week to impound it, after it mysteriously disappeared from the dock last week.

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The owners had apparently taken in for emergency repairs, “to patch a hole underneath it” ahead of the booked Saturday joyride.

“We got information that it was being repaired at Gaba Landing Site where fabrication to seal part of the hull that was taking in the water but out team failed to trace it,” the minister told reporters at Mutima Beach yesterday.

The boat owner Mr Templar Bisase and his wife Sheila Bisase were among the dead.

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