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16 Feared Dead in Lake Albert Water Accident

The occupants of the boat allegedly sneaked out of the country and crossed to Mukambu in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the burial of their relative, who died on Saturday. The boat capsized during their return journey.
Transport Boats on Lake Albert.Photo by Emmanuel Okello.

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Sixteen people are feared dead after a boat capsized on Lake Albert on Monday morning.

The boat carrying over 20 people, residents of Mbegu Landing Site in Buseruka Sub country, Hoima district reportedly capsized at around 3 am. The occupants of the boat allegedly sneaked out of the country and crossed to Mukambu in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the burial of their relative, who died on Saturday. The boat capsized during their return journey.

Identities of the deceased persons are not yet readily available. According to Sulaiman Wako, a resident of Mbegu landing site, five of the other boat occupants have so far been rescued from the lake by fishermen and taken back to Mukambu Landing Site.

Some of those rescued include Ajaru Katanga, Aduba, Pyer Sesanga and an 11-year-old child whose name was not readily available by this morning.

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network-URN that the boat capsized on the other side of DRC.  He, however, says the boat could have been capsized as a result of overloading since over 20 people were on the small boat that is meant to carry only 10 people.

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He says currently, they are liaising with their counterparts from DRC to commence the search for the missing bodies.  Hakiza further explains that they are investigating how people illegally sneaked into DRC given the heavy security deployed on the Lake Albert waters.

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

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