At least 30 drown in Uganda pleasure boat disaster

Thirty people drowned and more than 60 were feared dead after a pleasure boat sank in Lake Victoria, Ugandan police said Sunday, in the latest such incident on Africa’s largest body of water.

“Thirty bodies have been recovered and 27 people rescued,” said police spokesperson Zura Ganyana, adding the boat had sunk 150 metres (yards) from the lakeshore.

“According to one of the survivors there were more than 90 people on board,” said Asuman Mugenyi, director of operations for the Uganda police.

Witnesses claimed the vessel may have been rushed back into service following a renovation in order to take advantage of the profitable end-of-year party season.

The boat carrying nearly 100 revellers sank in bad weather on Saturday in the latest deadly incident to affect passenger boats on Africa’s largest lake.

Source: Seychelles News Agency