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Uganda: Boat Cruise Accident - Some Victims Identified

Uganda: Boat Cruise Accident - Some Victims Identified”

Marine police tried to prevent the boat from embarking on the cruise, but they were overwhelmed by the presence of two local princes among the passengers, they said.

Ugandan police spokesman Patrick Onyango said there was bad weather at the time of the accident.

The boat carrying almost 100 revelers sank in bad weather on Saturday in the latest deadly incident to affect passenger boats on Africa's largest lake.

Moses Ali was at the City Mortuary Mulago to handover the first bodies of the people who drowned in the lake.

Making things worse, rough weather had turned the water in Africa's largest lake treacherous.

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By 10:00am today, six more bodies had been retrieved from the lake with officers mentioning that they do not expect to find anymore survivors. "It was overloaded and unfortunately people were drunk", he said. "The number of people on board was too much compared to the size of the boat".

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.

Police and defence force soldiers load the bodies of boat cruise accident victims on to waiting trucks.

"We screamed for over 25 minutes, and saw rescue teams on a boat coming to save us", he said.

Many Ugandans are questioning the worthiness of the boat.

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In a statement released this afternoon, the President also says Government has ordered for electronic registration and monitoring of all boats operating on lakes.

Nearby residents said the vessel was hired out for parties every weekend and often overloaded with revellers.

There was a party going on aboard the boat, with loud music, at the time of the accident, Museveni said.

More than 200 people were killed in a Tanzanian ferry disaster in September, with officials saying it had been dangerously overcrowded.

In 1966, more than 800 people lost their lives on Lake Victoria when the MV Bukoba sank off the mainland town of Mwanza, according to the Red Cross.

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