Over 50 Sailors Trapped on Lake Victoria

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Over 50 sailors to Nakiwogo landing site in Entebbe have been trapped on Lake Victoria. The incident occurred this morning, when the MV Kalangala vessel, on which the sailors were traveling to the Island, broke down minutes after taking off from Lutoboka landing site. Henry Muddu, one of the passengers on board told Uganda Radio Network on phone that they had been told by captain of the vessel that its engine had suddenly stopped. Muddu, who is sailing with his fish truck, says he is worried of the strong winds on L. Victoria. Muddu says the ship has failed to start despite the fact that they have tried to refuel the ship. Isaac Mugera, the Kalangala information officer says the vessel was carrying over 50 sailors and six light vehicles to Entebbe. Mugera, who was around when the vessel was taking off, says it set off at 8:30am as usual but just 20 minutes after its departure, he got a phone call from one of the sailors informing him that they are stranded. Mugera says the sailors are currently still in shock because there is apparently no alternative vessel that can pick them and take them to Entebbe. James Mulowooza of Mulowooza and Brothers limited manages thse ship says that they are organizing speed boats to return the sailors to Lutoboka landing site. He says he has also dispatched experts to examine the extent of the damage on the ship. MV Kalangala carries over 150 sailors with light vehicles. It plies only two routes from Kalangala starting 8:30am to Nakiwogo in Entebbe where it docks at 11am. At around 2pm it leaves Entebbe for Kalangala where it reaches at 5pm. Last week, a Kalangala Luku ferry which connects Kachanga landing site in Masaka to Bugoma landing site in Mugoye sub county broke down, paralyzing business there. The ferry, which is the only means of public transport on L.Victoria, has not yet resumed operations. The ferry Master George Ssenkayi says that they are still searching for spare parts to fix the ramp.