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Hippopotamus Hits Fishing Boat, Kills Two on Lake Albert

The deceased fishermen are Richard Opio 27 and another one only identified as Mugegere both attached to Bugoma-Kinya landing site Buhuka parish in Kyangwali sub county Kikuube.The incident occurred on Sunday Morning at around 7a.m near Kinya landing site.
Fishing boats at Bugoma landing site in Kyangwali sub county Kikuube district.Photo by Emmanuel Okello.
Two fishermen have been killed after their boat was hit by a hippopotamus on Lake Albert in Kikuube district this morning. The deceased were identified as Richard Opio, 27,  and another one Mugegere both attached to Bugoma-Kinya Landing Site in Kyangwali sub-county.

It is alleged that the duo had gone fishing on the Lake Albert when the Hippo attacked them and hit their boat forcing it to capsize instantly.

Javian Chekecan, a resident of Bugoma-Kinya Landing Site told Uganda Radio Network in an interview on Sunday that although, the duo sounded an alarm, it was not possible to save their lives since they were quite a distance from other fishermen on the lake.  

Buhuka Parish Councillor Joseph Ringwegi says that the search for the bodies of the deceased fishermen have commenced. He however fears that the bodies could be eaten by the Hippopotamus since there is a herd of Hippopotamus at the site where the fishermen's boat was hit.  

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