Fisherman Drowns In Lake Victoria After Being Overpowered By His Catch

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A 19-year-old man has drowned in Lake Victoria today after reportedly catching an oversized fish which overpowered him.

 A 19-year-old man has drowned in Lake Victoria today after reportedly catching an oversized fish which overpowered him.
 
Arajab Magala, drowned near Kirinya B island, in Jaguza sub county in Mayuge district at half past midday after he went fishing alone.

Magala reportedly caught a big fish which, on pulling it out forced him back into the water causing him to drown.

George Muguwa, a resident of Kasozi village in Nankooma Sub County in Bugiri district, says his son dropped out of school but hoped he would get back to school after earning some money on his own. He says the body and the boat have not been found yet.

Amos Kyonakyone, the chairman of the Beach Management Unit at Kirinya B says it is a pity that in two months Kirinya B has lost six young men between the ages of 15 to 20 years, as a result of using poor methods of fishing. He says the boat he was using for fishing was not the acceptable size of above 22 feet required for fishermen on Lake Victoria. Kyonakyone added the fishing rod could not lift the big fish out of the water yet it could not break.

He calls on government to empower beach management units to lure the young men into alternative occupation, or even education instead of dying on the lake with rudimentary fishing tools.

He says most of the boys are primary seven school drop outs and alternative education system should be put in place for them along Lake Victoria.

Martin Okooyo, the Mayuge District police commander says many cases are reported of people drowning in the lake due to the use of poor boats and fishing tools. He says an operation is going to be mounted together with the Beach management Unit officials to arrest people using poor fishing methods on Lake Victoria.

Last week, a police constable also drowned while on an illegal mission to arrest illegal fishermen on the lake.