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Bodies of Drowned Boys Retrieved in Bugiri After Two Day's Search

Police and residents mounted a search for the missing persons in vain until a herdsman who had taken his cattle to draw water noticed their bodies lying in the neighbouring well.
The Police in Bugiri district on Thursday retrieved the bodies of two children who were washed away by running water on Tuesday.

18-year-old Abbey Bwekiri and 17-year-old Denis Balodha, both residents of Bukiri village had gone fishing in Nabweya wetland in Nabukalu town council when they were trapped and washed away by heavy rains.

Police and residents mounted a search for the missing persons in vain until a herdsman who had taken his cattle to draw water noticed their bodies lying in the neighbouring well. 

The herdsman alerted other community members who teamed up with police personnel to retrieve deceased persons from the well. 

The deceased have been taken to Bugiri general hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem. 

Ronald Mugimba who had accompanied his colleagues to the wetland says that he only survived after holding himself on the papyrus plants surrounding the wetland which partly helped him to keep afloat amidst the storm.  

“We were fishing amidst a heavy storm and I noticed my colleagues being washed away but, I couldn’t do much to save them,” he says.

The Busoga East police spokesperson, James Mubi warned the public to desist from accessing wetlands during the rainy season.

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