23 dead, several missing in Lake Victoria boat accident

Rescue operations underway, 40 survivors rescued

File image of a ferry accident. 10 people were reported dead with several missing after a boat they were travelling in capsized in Lake Victoria on Saturday

Rescue operations are still underway with the Uganda Police Force Marine Unit confirming that at least 40 people had been rescued from the capsized boat.

Uganda Police Force wrote on Social media that "The Uganda Police Force Marine Unit rescues over 40 people alive in Lake Victoria. Ten died. Rescue mission still on."

Investigations are underway to establish the cause of the accident amidst reports that the revelers were drunk at the time of the accident.

Among those who were in the boat at the time of the accident is Prince David Wasajja, the brother of Buganda King Kabaka Ronald Mutebi who was rescued alive.

The boat capsized in Mpatta Sub-county in Mukono District, Uganda.

Accidents in Lake Victoria

The accident comes barely two months after 224 people perished after Tanzania's MV Nyerere capsized in Lake Victoria.

Witnesses alleged that the ferry sank as it approached the dock when passengers rushed to one side to disembark.

Some however blamed the captain alleging that he made a brusque manoeuvre as the vessel approached the dock.

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