By Solomon Hamala
Four fishermen have drowned into Lake Victoria in two separate accidents after boats they were moving in capsized upon being hit by strong waves.
The two incidents happened on Saturday, 26th February, 2022 at Maruba in Buhemba sub county and Bumeru in Mutumba sub county.
The deceased have been identified as Joseph Ouma 24, Sande Jeremiah 44, Charles Okot 19 and Farouk Dhubi.
The LC one chairman Maruba A village, Bosco Komaketch said two of the deceased fishermen drowned as they returned from an overnight fishing spree almost ten kilometers away from the landing site.
Locals who were watching the incident from a distance attempted to rush to the scene but arrived when it was late.
The district fisheries officer Namayingo, Fred Igoma urged fishermen to always be cautious especially during the rainy season since strong winds always blow across the lake causing many accidents.
Igoma appealed to fishermen to always wear life jackets whenever they are moving on water in order to save their lives in case of emergencies like these.
“Whenever we tell people to buy life jackets for their own safety, they think it’s a luxury,” he said.
The officer in charge Namayingo central police station, Richardson Arop said bodies of the deceased had by press time not been retrieved by fishermen from the lake.
Arop urged fishermen to always use the recommended boats besides wear life jackets in order to save lives during accidents.