The UPDF Marine Unit is currently on a search and rescue operation on the River Nile Boat Cruise accident. It involved a fibre glass boat and an open canoe.
The accident happened on River Nile at Kiira dam.
The accident involved Ugandans of Pakistan origin and others are yet to be identified.
According to the UPDF deputy spokesperson Lt Col Deo Akiiki, 3 people have so far been rescued while 1 is confirmed dead.
“The UPDF marine Unit has since rescued one Okidi Patrick who jumped off a seemingly rescue boat, then those on the second boat were a boy, one Alwi Jufer 9 years, his father Mr Alwi Al Ahmed, all at Nile hospital in Jinja undergoing treatment,” Akiiki said.
He added, “Unfortunately, Mr Alwi’s wife, Hosper died in the incident and her body has been recovered. One Amier, one of the family members and an unidentified black man who was an engineer on the rescue mission is also missing.”
A known business man and owner of the cages along the River Nile and road construction company commonly known as Noor arrived at the venue and claimed that the people involved were part of his family.
However according to the Jinja District Police Commander Sp Hasunira Ahmed. Mr Alwi was by last night still missing.
The DPC named those who were rescued and rushed to hospital as as Jafalu Alwi, 12, Okidi Patrick, 39; and those presumed to have drowned as Hassan Alwi, Super Shakirah and Amirror Alwi.
The two boats involved were destroyed.