Ten dead after boat capsizes in Lake Victoria

Rescue and recovery missions gather at the shores of Lake Victoria during the search for the bodies of dead passengers after a cruise boat capsized off Mukono district Uganda Nov 25 2018. REUTERS

Rescue and recovery missions gather at the shores of Lake Victoria during the search for the bodies of dead passengers after a cruise boat capsized off Mukono district Uganda Nov 25 2018. REUTERS

At least 10 people have died after a cruise boat capsized in Lake Victoria on Saturday evening while more than 40 others were rescued, Ugandan police said.

It was not immediately clear how many people were on the ill-fated boat at the time of the tragedy, which reportedly took place in Mpatta sub-county in Mukono district, Uganda, on Saturday, November 24. "Most people were putting on life jackets - only about 15 (fifteen) people didn't have them on", Francis narrated.

"It is a sad moment".

Rescue efforts underway for the dozen missing after a boat capsized in Lake Victoria.

There was no immediate information on the number of passengers aboard the vessel, nor the reason why it sunk.

However, reports indicated that at least 100 revellers had been on a cruise.

Dead bodies of passengers are recovered after a cruise boat capsized in Lake Victoria off Mukono district Uganda Nov 25 2018. REUTERS
Dead bodies of passengers are recovered after a cruise boat capsized in Lake Victoria off Mukono district Uganda Nov 25 2018. REUTERS

Prince David Wasajja, a brother to Buganda King Kabaka Ronald Mutebi, was also on board but was rescued.

One of the victims was identified as Sheila Mbonimpa, a mother of three and the wife of former Kampala City Authority (KCCA) staff David Ntege, who died of heart attack in October past year.

Her last Facebook post was an October 14 photograph of her two daughters.

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

Police reports indicate that over 50 have been rescued on the capsised boat that docked off Saturday afternoon at 4:00 pm.

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