Uganda: Part of cruise boat wreckage pulled out

Police and UPDF marine units have this afternoon pulled out of the lake, part of the wreckage of the ill-fated boat that capsized on Saturday evening with several revellers on board.

The canopy of the ill-fated boat was on Wednesday morning seen above water after the marine units deployed MV Kalangala to pull out the wreckage.

Police Director for Operations AIGP Asuman Mugenyi told journalists that they managed to do this without special funding from the government.

“We all used our budgets. We are going to use a tractor to pull out the remaining wreckage to the safer place on the shores. There was a plan to dismantle the boat wreckage using experts had all the plans failed.

We are going back to the drawing board. You should know that underneath, there’s also mud,” he said.

MV Kalangala on November 28, 2018 pulled out

MV Kalangala on November 28, 2018 pulled out the canopy of the capsized boat that killed 32 people last on November 24. PHOTOS BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA

UPDF Marines Brigade Commander, Michael Nyarwa said it was unsafe for the divers to enter and start searching for bodies if any, in the boat wreckage in the form it was.

“But now that we have pulled it up, the search is going to resume,” he said.
He further noted that the area where the boat wreckage is, is muddy and that there’s a possibility of bodies being trapped in the mud.

By Daily Monitor

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