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Police Retrieve Bodies of Lake Kyoga Drowning Victims

Umar Mudhasi, a fisherman who participated in the rescue efforts told URN that the victims were not wearing life jackets when their boat capsized.
Marine police officers and fishermen in Buyende district have retrieved the bodies of three women who drowned in Lake Kyoga on Sunday night. The dead are Ruth Kawala, Rose Batuli and Tapenensi Wozira.   

The trio is said to have drowned when their boat capsized while sailing from Bukungu fish plant to Isumba landing site in Buyende district. Fishermen attempted to rescue the women but their efforts were frustrated by strong evening winds on the lake. 

Umar Mudhasi, a fisherman who participated in the rescue efforts told URN that the victims were not wearing life jackets when their boat capsized.  

“We tried to save their lives, but since they were donned in heavy traditional clothing and lacked life jackets to support them afloat for at least 10 minutes, we couldn’t do much to rescue them,” he says. 

  Michael Kasadha, the Busoga North Police spokesperson, says the bodies were recovered on Monday evening and taken to Bukungu health III awaiting postmortem.

He reveals that a team from the Police Marine Unit is carrying out inquiries to ascertain the cause of the accident. He has called upon members of the general public to always wear life jackets and only board approved boats, arguing that such protection measures reduce the risk of accidents while travelling on water.

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