Fisherman Drowns after Coming Under Hippo Attack

A fisherman has drowned in Lake Albert after his fishing boat came under attack from a hippopotamus. Emmanuel Omirambe, 35, from the Kyehoro landing site in Kabwoya sub-county in Kikuube district met his death on Wednesday around 11 pm.

He was on a fishing expedition when the hippo emerged and hit his fishing boat forcing it to capsize. Kasanga Ofungi, the Kyehoro landing site LC I Chairperson told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that other fishermen heard the deceased screaming for help when his fishing boat was hit by the hippo but it was too late to save his life since they were quite a distance away from him. 

He told URN that they had embarked on searching for his body. According to Ofungi, the hippo hit the boat a few meters from Kyehoro landing site. Vincent Alpha Opio, the Kabwoya Sub county LC 5 Councilor who doubles as the Kikuube LC V Vice Chairperson has appealed to Uganda Wild life Authority-UWA to immediately intervene and drive the hippos away from straying into the community. 

Edward Birungi, the Warden-in-charge of Kabwoya Kaiso Tonya Wildlife Conservation Area, says that they are taking all the necessary steps to drive the hippo away from the community. In June 2021, two fishermen were killed after their boat was hit by a hippopotamus on Lake Albert in Kikuube district.

The duo was identified as Richard Opio, 27, and Mugegere both from Bugoma-Kinya Landing Site in Kyangwali sub-county.  The two had gone fishing on Lake Albert when the Hippo hit their boat forcing it to capsize. 

Although they sounded an alarm, it was not possible to save their lives since they were quite a distance from other fishermen. In September this year, a hippopotamus raided Kyehoro upper and Kyehoro lower landing sites in Kikuube killing 12 cows and injuring 20 others. 

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