File image of boat crash

Police in Uganda say 22 people have died and more than 60 are feared drowned after a pleasure boat sank on Lake Victoria.

It was learned that the vessel carrying close to a hundred revellers sank during bad weather on Saturday.

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“Twenty-two bodies have been recovered and 26 people rescued,” AFP quoted director of operations for the Uganda police Asuman Mugenyi said.

“According to one of the survivors there were more than 90 people on board.”

Concise News understands that overloading and bad weather likely caused the accident.

“We expect (the number of passengers) is beyond the capacity of the boat. It was overloaded and unfortunately people were drunk,” Mugenyi said.

He also said, “We suspect the mechanical condition of the boat and the weather contributed to the sinking.”

“Fishermen on two small boats could see that the boat was sinking and went to help. People tried to jump onto the boats but they were too many and those sunk. The rescuers died too,” he added.

Nearby residents said the vessel was hired out for parties every weekend and often overloaded with revellers.