Thirty one dead in Ugandan boat accident, toll expected to rise

Rescue and recovery missions gather at the shores of Lake Victoria during the search for the bodies of dead passengers after

Boat accidents are increasingly common on East Africa's major lakes, including Lake Victoria, which is surrounded by Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.

Museveni observed that the merrymakers might not have heard the emergency commands of the captain, who is still unaccounted for, because of the loud music on the boat, which was loaded beyond its capacity. The passengers were too distracted by the party atmosphere to heed the warning, she said.

The embattled vessel was transporting passengers on a pleasure cruise on Lake Victoria for the weekend. Those who didn't have life jackets tried as much as they can to hold on to those who had worn thereby increasing the number of people drowning and increasing the death toll. "It was overloaded and unfortunately people were drunk", Mugenyi said.

The boat carrying almost 100 revelers sank in bad weather on Saturday in the latest deadly incident to affect passenger boats on Africa's largest lake.

A stampede ensued when the rescue boats arrived, and at least one man in the rescue party was drowned by the people he had come to help. "He was pulled down and he drowned", he said.

"A big storm hit", said local government official Richard Kikongo.

The boat's owner and his wife were among the dead.

Relatives carry the dead body of their kin retrieved after a cruise boat capsized in Lake Victoria off Mukono district Ugand

"The boat was overloaded and secondly there was bad weather", Onyango told Reuters.

"We suspect the mechanical condition of the boat and the weather contributed to the sinking". "Marine teams are doing whatever they can to find more bodies", Patrick Onyango, deputy spokesperson for the police told Anadolu News Agency, adding that survivors informed the police that there were 70 to 80 people on board the ill-fated vessel.

"Uganda police marine unit rescues over 40 people alive on Lake Victoria".

This is the second deadly accident to happen on Lake Victoria in as many months.

"Such boats can not carry more than 50 people", said local councillor Johnson Muyanja.

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.

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