Five Die in Boat Accident on Lake George

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Selevest Masereka Byaruhanga, the Kasenyi Village Council Chairperson, says the fishermen had traveled over 4 miles from Kasenyi landing site to Akika Island to lay traps for their next catch.

Five fishermen died on Sunday night when their boat capsized on Lake George in Kasese district. 

Three other fishermen aboard the same boat including Fundi Kule, Stanly Afurahamu and William Muhindo were saved by other fishermen from drowning.
 
 
The dead fishermen have been identified as Mark Masereka Kisenja and Robert Muhindo from Kithabona village in Kyarumba sub-county. 

The others are Kasirika from Musyenene village in Nyakiyumbu sub-county and Saturday Mutoro and Landus Muthahinga from Bwera sub-county.

 
Joe Ddamulira, an officer from the Fisheries Protection Unit operating on Lake George, attributes the boat accident to a heavy downpour and windstorm experienced on the fateful night. 

Selevest Masereka Byaruhanga, the Kasenyi Village Council Chairperson, says the fishermen had traveled over 4 miles from Kasenyi landing site to Akika Island to lay traps for their next catch.
 

Police and residents of Kasenyi Fishing Village spent the better Monday of combing the lake to find the bodies of the deceased fishermen. By close of business of Monday evening, only three bodies had been retrieved from the lake. 

Julius Baganzi, the Katwe Division Police Commander, says they hope to continue the search this morning to find the remaining bodies.

 
Selly Kisenja, a fisherman and an elder brother to one of the deceased, says the restrictive laws barring them from fishing near the Lakeshores are causing more deaths. According to Kisenja, at least 18 fishermen have died on Lake George since this year begun.

Boat accidents are common on Ugandan waters since most of the sailors ignore simple safety measures like wearing a lifesaving jacket. 

 

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