34 bodies recovered in L. Albert boat accident

KibaaleNtoroko. A total of 34 bodies had by yesterday been retrieved from Lake Albert after a boat that was carrying Congolese refugees capsized in Lake Albert in Kibaale District on Saturday morning.

The boat, reportedly carrying more than 100 refugees, was moving from Senjojo Landing Site in Hoima District to Ntoroko District when it capsized near Kitebere Landing Site at about 10am in Ndaiga Sub-county. The mid-western region police spokesperson, Ms Lydia Tumushabe, said 45 people were rescued.

“Police are still making efforts to trace for 17 people who are still missing,” Ms Tumushabe told this newspaper.The Kibaale District Police Commander, Mr John Ojokuna Elatu, said the coxswain (person manning the boat) and two managers have been arrested to help with investigations.The boat with a capacity of 12 tonnes, is reported to have been using 4-horse power engine.

Mr Para Deng, the chairperson Kitebere Beach Management Unit, said they are struggling to feed and counsel the survivors since they were traumatised by the incident.Pastor Mudest Kasong, who lost all his family of seven, said the coxswain was taking alcohol packed in sachets.


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