22 people dead, 60 missing as boat capsizes in Uganda

Twenty-two people have died and more than 60 are reportedly missing after a pleasure boat capsized on Lake Victoria, Uganda.

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The vessel carrying close to a hundred revellers sank during bad weather on Saturday in the latest deadly incident to affect passenger boats on Africa’s largest lake.

“Twenty-two bodies have been recovered and 26 people rescued,” said Asuman Mugenyi, director of operations for the Uganda police.

According to one of the survivors there were more than 90 people on board. The boat, on which party-goers were drinking, dancing and listening to music, sank a short distance from the shore off Mutima in Mukono District, close to the capital Kampala. Mugenyi said overloading and bad weather were likely to blame.

“We expect (the number of passengers) is beyond the capacity of the boat. It was overloaded and unfortunately people were drunk. We suspect the mechanical condition of the boat and the weather contributed to the sinking. A big storm hit,” said local government official Richard Kikongo.

Lake Victoria is the site of many boat disasters. In September, hundreds died when the MV Nyerere passenger ferry sank on the Tanzanian side of Lake Victoria. With a surface area of 70,000 square kilometres (27,000 square miles), oval-shaped Lake Victoria is roughly the size of Ireland and is shared by Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

115 Comments

  1. God is always in control……..such vessel need to study the weather ☀⛅☁⚡❄ condition before embarking on such….we know our season now has no rain ☔ break again….

  2. Here in Africa they don’t value life. They are supposed to find out how many will be suitable for that boat to avoid overload. Why is it that I didn’t see any Life Jacket on any of them? The one that happened in Nigeria the girl wore life jacket and still drown cos it has expired. Why will they not check all this before cruising out? Stop joking with your life.

  3. I wonder what is wrong with Africa in general. Is is that they didn’t know that the boat has over loaded and they still allowed it to move? May their soul rest in peace

  4. what a horrible occurance in Uganda, this is not a good one to hear, may the souls of the lost rest in peace

  5. That’s really bad, the dead toll have increased from what I read previously. I hope those 60 missing are still alive. Which is mere an impossibility except the work of God.

  6. May God not allow our sorrow turn to Joy. that was supposed to be a pleasure trip, that ended in the death of many.

  7. First of all, the company that own the boat should be arrested for their carelessness. Why play with people’s lives, didn’t they know that the boat was overloaded and not in good condition before embarking on that journey? Where there no life jackets?

  8. It’s a pity loosing people like this,they should find out the cause so that it won’t happen in future.

  9. God is always in control……..such vessel need to study the weather ☀⛅☁⚡❄ condition before embarking on such….we know our season now has no rain ☔ break again….

  10. RIP the deceased.
    Are there no port authorities that see to the boarding of passenger on a boat at that location? Actions should be taken to stop this sorts of incident.

  11. Is really sad, that’s we hear such kind of news in Africa, well God almighty console the family of the decease one and we pray that such kind of a thing never happens again

  12. I believe carriage of more people and goods led to the capsizing of the vessel. This is too tragic for a situated

  13. 60 people?!
    Where do we start from, this is one of the reasons I don’t like boat trips, missing issues. May God help find those bodies

  14. That has drastically reduced the population of her nationals. Measures should be put in place to curb this manage.

  15. People shoukd be very careful of risks they take. Why overload a boat on dangerous waters like the Lake Victoria? I hope the missing individuals are found and returned safely.

  16. That’s a bad incident,60 people are missing,who know maybe sea animals has take over there corpse,for the dead ones,may there soul rest in perfect peace

  17. Wow that is really incredible….60 people still missing… death is really on a very high rate this period

  18. What a sad day for the victims, I hope they are all found dead or alive, but why would they carry more people than the ship can carry.

  19. This is what people get from overloading a ferry boat as if is a big ship…the load is too much for the boat.RIP to the ones that lost their lives.i pray they find more people alive.

  20. So sad having known the capacity of the boat why should the carry over load now people have lost their lives

  21. So painful with the losses, They are supposed to find out how many will be suitable for that boat to avoid overload.

  22. This is cruising turned sour. Condolences to the family of those that lost their lives, I pray that the missing ones are found alive.

  23. Comment*Let us do things as it ought to be, why overloading in boat again, may the affected people’s souls rest in peace

  24. which day we go ever see or hear better news for this country,,, everyday from one bad news to the other

  25. May God help us in this ember month we won’t be victim and those that happen too God will consoled them.

  26. that’s very sad and really a touching News, and I am here by passing my condolences to the families of the deceased and wishing the enjouered ones fast recovery.

  27. I can’t believe this Here in Africa they don’t value life. They are supposed to find out how many will be suitable for that boat to avoid overload. Why is it that I didn’t see any Life Jacket on any of them? The one that happened in Nigeria the girl wore life jacket and still drown cos it has expired. Why will they not check all this before cruising out? Stop joking with your life.

  28. This is a disaster..what a waste of lives..now 60 people are still missing..those people are probably dead or something…o God…this is so sad…

  29. I can’t believe this, this is a very big lost may God give the family of the deceased people the heart to bear the lost.

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