At least 30 drown in Uganda pleasure boat disaster

At least 30 drown in Uganda pleasure boat disaster

At least 30 drown in Uganda pleasure boat disaster

The accident occurred at Mpatta Sub-county in Mukono District, Uganda.

Mr Kikongo said first responders were among the victims.

The marine units also set out on a mission of pulling the boat wreckage out of the waters "so as to establish if there are more bodies still trapped under".

"The boat was owned by somebody called Templa Bissase or Bissaso and his wife, both of whom, apparently, perished in the accident". The ferry reportedly had more than than 100 people on board according to some of the survivors.

Matovo said some of the rescuers also drowned as a result.

Police spokesman, Patrick Onyango said the number of bodies retrieved from the water stood at 33 on Monday while 27 people have been rescued alive.

The boat had been grounded for months, before it was taken back to the waters when the owners got the deal.

A person cliaming to be Iryn's manager said she was among those who were safe, local media claism.

Uganda's President, Yoweri Museveni, said on Twitter the boat was overcrowded at more than double its capacity, and charges would be laid against anyone who could be held responsible.

"A big storm hit", said local government official Richard Kikongo.

Among those rescued on Saturday was Prince Daudi Kintu Wasajja, a brother of Ronald Mutebi, the king of Buganda kingdom, Uganda's largest, police said. "Help us!' and the boat was sinking very quickly,"... Others are yet to be identified as the search and rescue operation continues.

It is not uncommon for ferries to capsize on the lake, and the number of fatalities is often high due to a shortage of life jackets and the fact that many local people can not swim.

Overloading and bad weather were likely to blame, according to authorities.

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

March 2012: Only two survivors are found after a boat believed to be carrying about 60 people capsizes on Lake Victoria.

In September, Tanzania's MV Nyerere ferry capsized in Lake Victoria leaving at least 224 people dead.

Lake Victoria is the site of many boat disasters.

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