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Uganda: Over 40 bodies disappear in L. Victoria after boat tragedy

At least 40 passengers who were aboard the ill-fated Ugandan boat that sank in Lake Victoria on Sunday are unaccounted for.

So far, only 59 of more than 100 passengers that were on board when the vessel christened MV Templar sank near Mutima Beach in Mukono District, are accounted for.

Police spokesperson for the rescue and recovery operation Zurah Ganyana on Monday eveing said efforts to find more bodies have been unsuccessful.

“The divers did not find any bodies in the boat. We are trying to turn the sunken boat to see that no human body is stuck at the bottom,” she said.

At least 32 bodies have been recovered, 26 people rescued and an unknown number still unaccounted for.

The boat was sailing from KK Beach at Ggaba Landing Site in Kampala to K- Palm Beach in Mukono District.

Neither the police nor the boat managers at KK Beach have a manifest that can reveal the identities of all the passengers that were aboard the ill-fated boat.

A private diver, Mr Sula Kasujja, who searched around the sunken boat on Monday, said he saw a white cloth below the boat on the lake bed.

The police tied a rope to the sunken boat, which had tilted on one side and started pulling it to allow divers see whether there are bodies underneath.

They called off the operation after failing to turn it on Monday evening.

By Daily Monitor

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