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Police Recover Bodies of Three Fishermen from Lake Kwania

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the North Kyoga Regional Police Spokesperson, says that the Police Marine Unit conducted a search on the Lake and recovered the bodies on Sunday evening.
Mourners gather at the family of Walter Okite, one of the fishermen whose body was retrieved form the Lake (Photo by Solomon Okabo)

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The Police Marine Unit at North Kyoga region has retrieved the bodies of three fishermen who drowned in Lake Kwania on Friday evening. The deceased have been identified as Walter Okite, Denis Ayo and Tony Olobo, all fishermen at Abali Landing Site in Atongtidi sub-county.

The Goi parish LCII Chairperson, Sam Ayoo says that the three fishermen went fishing around 4 pm on Friday evening when the tragedy occurred. Ayo suspects that their canoe capsized after being hit by heavy winds.      

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Jimmy Patrick Okema, the North Kyoga Regional Police Spokesperson, says that the Police Marine Unit conducted a search on the Lake and recovered the bodies on Sunday evening. He says that the bodies have been handed over to relatives for burial.

Patrick Onyum Okwang, the Atongtidi Sub County LC III Chairperson explains that the fishermen use locally made canoes, which are dangerous and can easily be hit by heavy winds. He cautioned the fishermen against using illegal fishing gear to reduce water accidents.

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