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Nine killed, many missing after a boat carrying a football team capsized in Uganda

  • Written by Robert Woodward
  • Published in Africa

At least 30 people have drowned after a boat carrying a football team and their fans capsized in Christmas Day in Uganda on Lake Albert, Africa's seventh largest lake. The vessel was overcrowded carrying some 45 people. The passengers were from Kaweibanda village. Nine killed were recovered and 15 people have been rescued but 21 others are missing.

The group, from Buliisa District, was on its way to a Christmas day football match in Hoima District, singing songs and blowing trumpets and whistles. Police commander John Rutagira told to media that most passengers were drunk by the time they embarked on the boat. The boat became unbalanced when too many passengers moved to one side. Police and local fishermen contributed to rescue. There were no strong winds at the time of the accident and it’s supposed whoever could swim to shore survived it. Lake Alberta has a history of boat accidents. In 2014 about 250 people - most of whom were Congolese refugees - died after their boat capsized as they tried to cross into Uganda.

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