Last Updated on: 24th May 2023, 11:51 am
Obongi, May 24, 2023: Two fishermen from Obongi district died when their boat capsized in the river Nile on Monday night.
It is discovered that a heavy storm blew their boat leading to the deaths.
The two have been identified as Mundasiri Yasmin of Aru village in Kochi sub-county, Yumbe district.
Another one, Amanga Majid is from Aliba sub-county Obongi district. They were buried at their ancestral homes on Tuesday.
The Resident District Commissioner of Obongi Samuel Mpimbaza Hashaka confirmed the incident, saying after the two got drowned, the community worked hard to retrieve their bodies.
Hashaka said due to the rampant accidents that are now common on the River Nile stretching from the other side of Obongi up to the side of Palorinya, he has called for an emergency security meeting to resolve on compulsory use of life jackets.
“I want to appeal to our people to be very careful and cautious about the water, especially those who are fishing. We are appealing to them to have life jackets,” he told TND News.
He said as a security committee, they are going to call an emergency security meeting to resolve that everybody who is on the water should have a jacket.
RDC further said people who are moving on the ferry should be on jackets, people using boats, and passenger boats should be on life jackets, and those fishing must all be on life jackets all the time.
To save your life we’ve been trying to see if we can, he noted. “Engage people who sell life jackets and see if they can sell them to our people at a subsidized rate.”
On Saturday, a police officer identified as Justin Rubangakene who was deployed to guard the Obongi ferry died in the river.
Last week, also another man called Amandu Lino, 52, died.
Lino who was fishing at Ocemalau village, Otubanga parish, Aliba sub-county got drowned and his body was recovered and handed over to relatives for burial
Just on Saturday, 15 young men who had gone to rescue the dead policeman survived when their boat also capsized but was saved because they were on life jackets.