At least 29 dead after cruise boat capsizes in Uganda

Overloaded Boat, Bad Weather Caused Lake Victoria Boat Accident - Video -

A police spokesman said marine units had pulled 40 survivors out of Lake Victoria on Saturday, where it was reported 120 people were on board the crashed vessel.

The vessel had a capacity for 50 people but is believed to have been carrying almost 100 passengers when it overturned during bad weather.

One reason many people died so close to shore was likely "intoxication", said Asuman Mugenyi, national director of police operations. "It can be fine on land but bad weather on the lake".

Bodies have been taken to Kampala City Mortuary for post-mortem.

"It's a big party", said Washington Serunjogi, whose sister Justine Namayanja was missing after taking the cruise on Saturday. She said it did not have a valid license to operate.

Museveni says that government has ordered "the electronic registration and monitoring of all the boats so that we can know who is where on the lake and why".

The blue boat that capsized belongs to the management of KK Palm beach on Mpatta island in Mukono district.

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TRT World spoke to Kampala-based journalist Michael Baleke for more details. The ferry had a capacity of 100 people, but 400 people climbed aboard, many of them carrying goods to nearby markets.

Instead, local fishermen went to help. Marine police tried to prevent the boat from embarking on the cruise, but they were overwhelmed by the presence of two local princes among the passengers, they said. In September, almost 150 people died after a ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized on the Tanzanian side of the lake, the BBC reported.

There was a party going on aboard the boat, with loud music, at the time of the accident, Mr Museveni said. However, unconfirmed reports claim overloading and bad mechanical condition.

"I kept swimming until another boat surfaced, and retrieved us from the waters to the main land", he said. It was overloaded and unfortunately people were drunk.

Our hearts and souls to the families of citizens that perished on Lake Victoria on the boat cruise.

Scores of people died when a ferry sank on the lake off Tanzania in September.

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