Kampala: Around 60 people were aboard a boat
that capsized on Lake Victoria in Uganda, according to the
sole survivor found so far, a regional police spokesman said
"The survivor said there were many people on the boat,
about 60, and that it was overloaded," Lameck Kigozi told
by telephone, adding the figure was an estimate and the police
had no exact number for passengers and crew.
The survivor told police the boat left Kiyindi at around
7:30 pm local time on Thursday and was heading to the Buvuma
islands, but they were hit by a wave which overturned the
"The man says he clung onto a jerry can until the morning
of Friday when he was found by another boat which rescued
Waters can be rough on the region`s large lakes and boats
are frequently poorly maintained.
Accidents often cause a high number of fatalities because
boats are overloaded, carry no life jackets and a large
percentage of the population can`t swim. Operators also fail
to record the number of passengers on board.
In May 1996, a ferry sank in Lake Victoria on its way to
Mwanza in Tanzania, killing around 800.