Uganda boat accident death toll hits 33

The boat is believed to have been on a routine weekend cruise when it capsized

A joint rescue operation conducted by the Uganda Police Defense Force, Uganda Police marines and the locals, were quick to embark on a rescue mission.

Music and booze-filled party cruises around Lake Victoria are a rite of passage of sorts for fun-seeking young Ugandans, but the one that pushed off into the waters Saturday night seemed doomed from the start.

The boat carrying almost 100 revelers sank in bad weather on Saturday in the latest deadly incident to affect passenger boats on Africa's largest lake.

"Our rescue team is still on the ground trying to rescue whoever we can find".

Richard Kikongo, a local official, described the distinctive boat -- which sported shark-style teeth painted on the bow -- as "not in good condition". In the scramble that ensued as the boat sank, a lot of people jumped onto a canoe that arrived within minutes to rescue the victims.

He said fishermen who went to help ended up drowning after victims tried to get on their boats and sank them.

More people died at this incident too, he recalled.

Overloading and bad weather were likely to blame, according to authorities.

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Among the survivours of the accident is Prince David Wasajja, brother to Buganda king Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.

Scores of people died when a ferry sank on the lake off Tanzania in September. The boat was traveling from a private beach and had a capacity of 50 people - but was unregistered, unlicensed and possibly uninsured.

By Sunday morning, UPDF said 30 bodies had been retrieved from the water and 26 other people rescued alive. "Help us!' and the boat was sinking very quickly,"...

Police spokesman Emilian Kayima said rescue efforts were continuing.

President Yoweri Kagiuta Museveni has mourned all those that perished in a boat accident that occurred on Lake Victoria yesterday evening.

Rescuers search for victims at the site of a capsized cruise boat on Lake Victoria near Mutima village, south of Kampala, Uganda, on November 25, 2018.

Two fishing boats that came to the aid of passengers were overwhelmed with people and capsized, according to the BBC.

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