KAMPALA – There was panic on Lake Victoria after a vessel, which was from Kalangala islands and heading to Entebbe Water Front Beach got stuck on the lake.
The accident, which happened at around 5pm on Sunday afternoon, left revellers emotionally shaken. They then contacted the Police Marine Unit.
According to Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire, they discovered that the boat had run out fuel.
“Police responded and later got to know that it was not a mechanical issue that had made the boat to fail, but they had run out of fuel.
The boat management was sending fuel and the rescue team arrived at 5:17pm with fuel which enabled them to sail again to Lutoboka,” he said.
Mr Owoyesigire said they have summoned the boat captain to record statements upon what exactly happened and why he had opted to set sail without enough fuel.
“Our officers in the Police Marine unit have also confirmed that all the occupants of the boat arrived safely at their destination and theirs is no cause of alarm , however we appeal to the public to always inform our Police Marine Unit whenever such issues happen on our toll free line 0800 300113,” he said.
Around this time last year, MV Templar capsized, killing 30 people in Lake Victoria.