At least 6 Feared Dead as 2 Boats Capsize on Lake Victoria

At least six people are feared dead in two separate boat capsizing accidents on Lake Victoria in Uganda, Patrick Onyango, the spokesperson of the Kampala Metropolitan Police said on Wednesday.

Onyango told Xinhua by telephone that a passenger boat with 11 people on board from Kiseba islands in Kalangala District capsized while heading to the Katosi landing site in Mukono.

He said the boat was also loaded with 100 bags of charcoal, 40 bags of silver fish, and other personal belongings.

“Six people were rescued by another transport boat and five people are still missing,” said Onyango.

“Police marines are in the waters trying to locate the missing people whether dead or alive,” he said, adding the cause of the accident was overloading and bad weather.

The spokesperson also said one person died and another survived after another boat sailing from Kasi Island on Lake Victoria to Katosi capsized due to bad weather on Wednesday morning.

“Two people were on board. The woman drowned, and the man was rescued by a fishmonger. It capsized due to overloading of goods and bad weather,” said Onyango.

Boat accidents on the Uganda’s lakes are common due to overloading and bad weather.

“We appeal to travelers who use water transport to always have life jackets and not to overload their vessels,” said Onyango.

Source: Xinhua

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