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Worry as MV Vanessa Runs out of Fuel on Lake Victoria

Uganda Police Force has summoned managers of the popular MV Vanessa, a private boat, to explain circumstances under which the water vessel ran out of fuel while cruising on Lake Victoria today Sunday.

“We have summoned the boat captain to record statements upon what exactly happened and why he had opted to set sail without enough fuel,” said Deputy Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Luke Oweyesigire.

The shocking development comes just a year after 33 people died after MV Templar cruise boat carrying party revellers capsized on Lake Victoria.

Oweyesigire said at about 5:02pm, the Police Marine Unit responded to a distress call from Lake Victoria.

According to the caller, a boat, MV Vanessa, which they had boarded from Kalangala District heading to Water Front Beach Entebbe, got stuck on the lake.

The boat ferries passengers from Entebbe to Kalangala island

 “The passengers were scared of what could happen next,” said Owoyesigire.

He said Police responded and later got to know that “it was not a mechanical issue that had made the boat to fail, but they had run out of fuel.”

The boat management was sending fuel and the rescue team arrived at 5:17pm with fuel which enabled them to sail again to Lutoboka.

“Our officers in the Police Marine unit have also confirmed that all the occupants of the boat arrived safely at their destination and theirs is no cause of alarm,” he added.

MV Vanessa is owned by former Motocross champion Maxime Van Pee.

During the launch of the boat in March, Van Pee promised “world class services” and maximum safety for travelers.

The boat boasts a refrigerator for refreshments, air conditioners and TV screens for entertainment.

The interior of MV Vanessa

Owoyesigire appealed to the public to “always inform our Police Marine Unit whenever such issues happen on our toll free line 0800 300113.”

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