Tragedy strikes lake travelers in Uganda

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UGANDA (eTN) – Bad weather, combined with poor maintenance and the absence of life vests caused a major accident on Lake Victoria, Uganda, last Wednesday with over a dozen reported missing or drowned. The boat was enroute to the mainland from an island of the Ssese Island group, the lake’s major island formation in the Ugandan waters of Lake Victoria.

Several NGOs have, in the past, promoted safer travel on the lakes across Uganda by donating life vests to boat operators on Lake Victoria, Lake Albert, and Lake Kyoga, among others. A renewed push for safety can now be expected because so many people reportedly died in this single accident.

Lake rescue efforts swung into action immediately when the news broke, and a number of people were rescued, holding on to wreckage. Sudden storms, sweeping in across the lake, the world’s second largest fresh water lake, are often responsible for capsizing boats. Condolences are expressed to the families and friends of those lost.