Boat capsizes on L.Victoria, 1 dead, 3 missing



A boat carrying 20 people capsized in Lake Victoria last evening registering one death while other three victims went missing.

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, tells Insider the incident happened near Masolya islands on Lake Victoria in Jinja district.

Alongside 20 passengers, the boat was also carrying over 50 jerry cans of fuel.

Onyango says 16 people were rescued by police marine unit.

The dead person was identified as Prossy and her body too has been recovered.

Onyango said three other passengers are still missing.

He attributed the accident to overloading of the boat and a heavy wind.

Last month, two children died after a boat carrying 23 passengers capsized on Lake Victoria in Kenya.

The boat had been travelling from Remba Island to Kiwa Island when it collided with a fishing boat.

In the same month, a boat carrying 60 people capsized on Lake Victoria en route Buvuma islands.

In another incident, 10 people died after a boat they were traveling in capsized on the Ugandan side of Lake Victoria near the town of Entebbe.

In May 1996, a ferry sank in Lake Victoria on its way to Mwanza in Tanzania, killing around 800.

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