30 believed dead after football team drowns in Uganda

The boat with 45 aboard - many reportedly drunk - capsized on Lake Albert, with the craft understood to have been overloaded

A boat carrying a football team and their fans capsized on Lake Albert in Uganda, drowning an estimated 30 passengers.

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The overcrowded boat with 45 aboard had capsized after too many passengers moved to one side, destabilising it.

The travelling party was from Buliisa on its way to a Christmas Day football match in Hoima District and in a party atmosphere.

Tragedy struck after the boat sunk, however, with rescue operations taking place by authorities afterwards and assisted by local fishermen.

Reports state that 15 people have been rescued, while nine bodies have been recovered.

Police commander John Rutagira told AFP: "There was a party on the boat, the passengers were dancing and others were drunk. The boat was overloaded with 45 people, all members of the football team and local fans.

"The water was calm but the problem came when the merrymaking team and fans tilted on one side of the boat. It capsized, killing about 30 people."

The latest incident is fairly typical of those on Lake Albert as well as other water bodies around Africa, with vessels in poor state and often overloaded.