Friday, 2 December 2011

The search for Lake Bunyonyi drowned Danish tourists

A team of UPDF and police marine divers on Thursday evening arrived at Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale to search for two Danish nationals who on Wednesday were feared drowned in one of the second deepest lake in Africa.
Mr Thomas Svith 21 and Mr Sabastaino Burtain 20 from Denmark drowned as they were swimming at around 12:30pm near Byoonamagara camp site. Col. Michael Nyarwa is commanding a team of three UPDF marine divers while Assistant Inspector of Police Mr Stephen Sanyu is commanding a team of three police marine team. The team spent the better part of yesterday searching for the bodies and were yet to find them by press time at 6pm.
Mr Samuel Habasa, a local leader around Lake Bunyonyi said that although an average of 2 people drown in this lake every month, the incident involving the foreigners was unprecedented. “These people must have died after losing energy as they were swimming for a long distance,” Mr Habasa said. The director of the camp site Mr Jason Gerber said that he saw one of them crying for help before he got drowned but it was not easy for him to save the lives as he was in distance away. The South-South Western Regional Police commander Ms Olivia Wawire said that they will continue searching until the bodies are recovered.

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