Dozens feared dead after boat sinks in Lake Albert


At least nine people have been killed while 21 others are missing after a boat carrying a Ugandan football team and their fans capsized in Lake Albert, Africa’s seventh largest lake.

The boat was travelling from Kaweibanda village in the western district of Buliisa to Hoima District for a football match as part of the Christmas day festivities on Sunday.

Local news outlet Daily Monitor reports that out of a total of 45 people that were on board the boat, nine bodies have been recovered and fifteen others confirmed as survivors.

It goes on to report local witnesses to say that there were no strong winds at the time of the accident, hence those who could swim to the shore survived the accident.

Lake Albert borders DR Congo.

And in August 2010, a boat accident claimed the lives of 33 people while 17 others survived while travelling on the lake.