At least 29 dead after cruise boat capsizes in Uganda

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Ssenkezi Francis was on board when a boat cruise carrying 120 people suddenly capsized on Lake Victoria leaving multiple people dead on Saturday.

Authorities say the ill-fated boat was transporting more than 100 revellers from KK Beach at Ggaba Landing Site in Kampala to Mpatta Island in Mukono District before it capsized in Lake Victoria near Mutima Country Haven Beach killing dozens.

The vessel had a capacity for 50 people but is believed to have been carrying almost 100 passengers when it overturned during bad weather.

Divers from the police and military pressed on with efforts to retrieve bodies while equipment was deployed to try to tug the boat wreck to shore, Onyango said. The rescue boat also sank, drowning more people.

"The boat was owned by somebody called Templa Bissase or Bissaso and his wife, both of whom, apparently, perished in the accident. The rescuers died too", said one Richard kayongo.

The boat had been grounded for months, before it was taken back to the waters when the owners got the deal.

Among those rescued on Saturday was Prince Daudi Kintu Wasajja, a brother of Ronald Mutebi, the king of Buganda kingdom, Uganda's largest, police said. No information was provided by police on how many people may still be missing.

Some of the revelers on the boat before it capsized
Some of the revelers on the boat before it capsized

A person cliaming to be Iryn's manager said she was among those who were safe, local media claism.

Making things worse, rough weather had turned the water in Africa's largest lake treacherous.

"We suspect the mechanical condition of the boat and the weather contributed to the sinking", he added.

The boat's passengers, in a party mood, likely panicked when the vessel started to sink, he said.

"27 rescued 29 confirmed dead.On going rescue operation at Mutima beach on lake Victoria".

In 1966, more than 800 people lost their lives on Lake Victoria when the MV Bukoba sank off the mainland town of Mwanza, according to the Red Cross.

One survivor, Shamirah Nsereko, told local NTV Uganda on Sunday night the captain had repeatedly warned the passengers that the boat was tilting to one side and taking in water.

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