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Footballers, fans feared dead as boat capsizes

By News Express on 20/05/2019

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•Boats on Lake Albert, Uganda
•Boats on Lake Albert, Uganda

Seven people have been confirmed dead and dozens more are missing after a boat capsized in western Uganda on Sunday.

The boat was carrying more than 50 football players and fans from the western Uganda district of Hoima.

Witnesses say overloading and bad weather are likely to blame for the accident as rescue attempts continue.

In 2016, about 30 footballers and fans drowned when their boat capsized on Lake Albert.

The passengers were travelling to Runga landing site where a friendly match between two local clubs was scheduled.

The wooden canoe capsized shortly after it departed the docks.

A police spokesperson said that fishermen at nearby landing sites rushed to the rescue and 32 people were rescued within an hour of the accident.

The police and Military Marine Unit responded shortly afterwards with divers who have since been able to recover seven bodies, the BBC’s Dear Jeanne reports from Kampala. (BBC)

Source News Express

Posted 20/05/2019 4:44:13 PM

 

 

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