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12 Rescued As Boat Capsizes on Lake Albert

The boat accident occurred in the wee hours of Monday morning at around 2:30 am near Fofo landing site in Tonya Parish Buseruka sub-county Hoima district.
Transport boats at Sebigoro landing site in Kikuube district.Photo by Emmanuel Okello.

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12 people have been rescued after a boat capsized on Lake Albert. The boat was from Kyehoro landing site in Kikuube district to Panyimur fish market in Pakwach district. 

The accident occurred in the wee hours of Monday morning at around 2:30 am near Fofo landing site in Tonya Parish Buseruka sub-county Hoima district.   The boat was also carrying 328 bags of silverfish that was being transported to Panyimur fish market.

Baker Ogen, the Fofo landing site LCI Chairperson says that the passengers were recused by fishermen who heard their cries for help after the boat capsized.

“Fortunately all the twelve passengers who were in the boat were rescued alive and they are currently here at Fofo landing site and they are in good condition; “said Ogen. 

The survivors include Kassim Okello, Rwothumiyo Kabon, Noah Mananu, Francis Owinjuru, Henry Aruwa, Maditrwoth Mungujakisa, Denis Oyergiu, Sharif Wodangal, Albert Onyuthfua, Anro Kaset and Musinguzi.

Albert Onyuthfua, one of the survivors says that their boat was hit by strong winds. He says that when the boat started capsizing some people jumped out to swim.     

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Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says the marine police was planning to retrieve the wreckage of the capsized boat.

Boat accidents are common on Lake Albert.   On December 22, 2020, a boat carrying than 50 passengers from Runga landing site in Hoima district heading to Panyimur fish market in Pakwach district capsized near Songa-Lendu landing site in Buliisa district Killing 30 people.      

On May 25, 2020, eight people drowned after a boat on, which they were travelling capsized on Lake Albert.

They were part of over 30 football players and fans from Fofo landing site in Hoima district that were heading to Runga landing site in Kibiro parish Kigorobya Sub County for a football match.  

On December 25th, 2016 at least 30 members of a village football team and their fans drowned in the Lake Albert waters in Bullisa district.

They were heading to Runga landing site from Kaweibanda landing site for a friendly Christmas football match.  

Maurice Luswata, one of those rescued from the Lake told URN that strong waves hit their boat as they were approaching the Entebbe Police Marine Base.

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