Update on Lake Victoria incident: 29 confirmed dead and 27 rescued. The figures have changed from what I gave last night. Marine team are doing whatever they can to find more bodies.
— Patrick Onyango (@Patrickonyango1) November 25, 2018
A combined Marine force from Uganda Police and the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) have said they expect no more survivors from the boat that capsized Saturday evening after a whole night of combing the waters.
According to UPDF deputy spokesperson Lt Col Deo Akiiki, thirteen (13) bodies had been retrieved from the waters last night and at least 26 people rescued alive.
He also added that at least seven (7) bodies have since been retrieved since Sunday morning, while there seems to be no hope of recovering any more alive.
“We got our divers in the waters by 7:00am, and deployed more marine facilities. We retrieved seven (7) bodies, we later retrieved three (3) more were retrieved to make 22 bodies,” he said.
Akiiki said that they are also deploying Air force divers to help the army and Police brigade as well as a helicopter and more air assets from UPDF Air Force to help look out for more bodies or at least those who could by God’s Grace be alive at the moment.
He however, hinted the divers are not expecting any people alive at the moment.
“We are not expecting any more survivors, what we are doing now is remove as many dead bodies as possible, we were told there are over 100 people on the boat,” he said.
A boat carrying a group of Ugandan revellers Saturday evening capsized, killing a yet to be confirmed number of people.
The group that left Port bell Luzira aboard a boat belonging to a one Templar who offers boat cruise services, and were headed to Mutima Island on Lake Victoria.
However, as they sailed, the boat was wrecked by weight, breaking into two and pouring its contents in the lake.