Dozens feared dead as boat capsizes in Lake Albert

Nine bodies found after tragedy strikes football team and fans in Africa's seventh largest lake, Uganda news media say.

    Lake Albert, often used by fishing communities, has a history of boat accidents [AFP]
    Lake Albert, often used by fishing communities, has a history of boat accidents [AFP]

    At least nine people have been killed and 21 others are missing, according to local news media, after a boat carrying a Ugandan football team and their fans capsized in Lake Albert - Africa's seventh largest lake.

    The passengers, who were from Kaweibanda village in the western district of Buliisa, were travelling to Hoima District for a football match as part of the Christmas Day festivities on Sunday, the Ugandan news agency Daily Monitor said.

    Daily Monitor quoted John Rutagira, a police official from Buliisa, as saying out of a total of 45 people on board the boat, nine bodies had been recovered and 15 others were confirmed as survivors of the accident.

    "They overloaded the boat. Eyewitnesses have told police that most of the passengers sat on one side of the boat making it lose balance," Rutagira said on Monday.


    READ MORE: Boats over books for many of Uganda's children


    The news agency also quoted a witness by the name of Opira as saying that there were no strong winds at the time of the accident and whoever could swim to shore survived it.

    According to The Ugandan, another local news agency, Lake Albert, which is one of the world's largest lakes and also borders neighbouring DR Congo, has a history of boat accidents.

    It cited some of the most tragic examples, including one that occured in 2014 when about 250 people - most of whom were Congolese refugees - died after their boat capsized as they tried to cross into Uganda.

    And in August 2010, a boat accident claimed the lives of 33 people while 17 others survived while travelling on the lake.

     

    SOURCE: News agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Death from above: Every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Death from above: Every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.