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Police Names Boating Accident Victims

At least seven people including a child have been confirmed dead after the boat they were travelling in capsized in River Nile last week on Thursday evening at Obira village, Purongo Sub-county in Nwoya district. The victims of the accident include Pirachen Gladys from Nebbi, Atimango Jennifer from Nebbi,Onim Joyce from nebbi,Ogen Charles from Zombo,Akumu Odima from Kiryandongo, and Munukoma and unidentified 2 year old baby who died later.

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At least seven people including a child have been confirmed dead after the boat they were travelling in capsized in River Nile last week on Thursday evening at Obira village, Purongo Sub-county in Nwoya district.

The victims of the accident include Pirachen Gladys from Nebbi, Atimango Jennifer from Nebbi,Onim Joyce from nebbi,Ogen Charles from Zombo, Akumu Odima from Kiryandongo, and Munukoma and unidentified 2 year old baby who died later.

On board there was 13 pople but six of them where rescued by fishermen who were operating in the river and rushed to the nearby Pakwach Health center IV in Nebbi were they are receiving treatment from. All the bodies of the dead persons where recovered by the police and residents in the area over the weekend.

The boat was on its a return journey with fourteen passengers from Panyigoro Market in Nebbi district to Nwoya district when the accident occured.

Aswa Regional Police Spokesperson, Jimmy Patrick Okema confirmed the incident and attributed it to over loading. Okema said the boat was fully packed with five sacks of maize and many passengers aboard. He says the marine police will have to intensify patrols to prevent similar accidents.

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He said the police are already on the ground liaising with the locals to retrieve the bodies of other passengers adding that investigations are on going to ascertain the real cause of the accident.

Okema however advised boat owners to provide life jackets.

Fred Oketcha the LCIII Chairperson Purongo Sub-county, said boats along the Nile are usually over loaded because no strict guidelines are enforced on boat owners.

He says the boat was was over loaded with goods that the traders had bought from Nebbi district for resale in Nwoya. In June this year, three people reportedly drowned in River Nile when their boat capsized. The residents where from Marindi Central Village in Pachara Sub-county, Adjumani District.

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