BY George Busiinge
A total of 21 people drowned in Lake Albert last week; Julius Hakiza, the police spokesperson for mid-western region revealed. Police managed to rescue 11 people while still living but unfortunately the other 10 were dead. The bodies were retrieved after an intensive search by fishermen, marines and the police.
Of the 10 who died in the accident, police retrieved 8 dead bodies last week and 2 more were retrieved Monday morning. Hakiza says that the people who drowned were coming from a burial ceremony which took place at Kabolwa landing site in Buliisa while proceeding to a landing site called Kagoya in Nebbi district.
Hakiza explained that a hole in the boat caused the drowning accident. Water entered the boat through the hole leading to the drowning. He added that these people had carried firewood and other heavy things to use while at the burial ceremony. The leaking boat was overwhelmed by the weight and it gave way.
Meanwhile dead bodies have been handed over to the relatives for burial except the 2 which have been retrieved on Monday morning. They are also going to be handed over to the relatives after identification process.