Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

15 November 2012

Tanzania: Lake Victoria Boat Accident Claims 7

Sixteen year-old boy survives where six others perished. ( Resource: Fishermen Perish in Kenya's Lake Victoria Tragedy

Bukoba — SEVEN people have been confirmed drowned after their boat was hit by strong winds and capsized as they were fishing in Lake Victoria over the weekend.

Kagera Regional Police Commander, Philip Kalangi told reporters that the accident occurred at around 10 p.m. on November 10, this year, near Ikuza Island in Muleba District.

He named the deceased as Baruya Masala, a resident of Muganza Village in Chato District, Geita Region, Alex Mwita, from Tarime District, Kipara Kasukari a resident of Mushabago Village in Muleba District and another person identified by a single name as Niko, a resident of Sengerema District, in Mwanza Region.

Others are Obedia Yohana, from Muganza Village, in Chato District, Juma Kengere from Itale Village in Chato District and another person identified as Robert, from Biharamulo District. RPC Kalangi said the ill fated boat was hit by strong winds as the fishermen were heading to Ikuza Island from Rubondo Island.

He said their bodies had been recovered and were handed to their relatives for burial at their respective homes. Two people survived the accident after they were rescued by other fishermen.

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