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Uganda party boat capsizes on Lake Victoria, killing 30

Uganda party boat capsizes on Lake Victoria, killing 30

Many were not wearing life jackets, authorities said, and their panic was probably increased by their state of intoxication.

This follows an accident on Lake Victoria that left 31 people dead while 27 have been rescued.

Lawn games at the Mutima Country Resort, close to the capital Kampala, were pushed aside Sunday to make way for an open-air morgue where police collected the bloated bodies of victims.

In a statement released on Sunday afternoon, the President revealed that that preliminary information from the security services indicates that the boat was unregistered and unlicensed, which he was said should not have been allowed to operate.

Ugandan police spokesman Patrick Onyango said there was bad weather at the time of the accident.

Police carried victims in tarpaulins and hauled them into a waiting truck, occasionally drawing loud wails from some of the onlookers. "It was overloaded and unfortunately people were drunk", he said.

"They were shouting 'Help us!"




Ugandan media named a number of well-known people said to be on the boat, adding that the prince of a traditional kingdom had survived.

Over 200 people were killed in a Tanzanian ferry disaster in September, with officials saying it had been dangerously overcrowded.

The boat is believed to have been on a routine weekend cruise that is popular among some young Ugandans. "Help us!' and the boat was sinking very quickly", Sam Tukei, one of several men who used fishermen's canoes to try to rescue people, told the Associated Press.

According to some of the eyewitnesses and survivors, the ill-fated boat appeared to be overload.

Francis said he survived twice, after the rescue boat that was sent out, also submerged due to the over load.

"I've seen a lot of accidents but nothing as bad as this", said Matovo, who -- along with oth er witnesses -- had recently seen the boat being fixed up. Victims include the couple who owned the boat, according to police officer Ganyana.

Lake Victoria is the site of many boat disasters.

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