Five Ugandan marine officers on a mission to recover bodies from last week’s accident in Lake Victoria were rescued on Sunday after their rescue boat capsized, police have said.

At least 20 people died in the accident last Tuesday involving an overloaded boat believed to have been carrying 34 people. Nine people were rescued with others reported as missing.

On Saturday, police had said they had only recovered five bodies, all women.

They said they were “facing challenges due to the rough conditions of the lake and heavy rainfall”.

The police say the Sunday incident “underscores the unpredictable nature of the lake and the challenging conditions that our dedicated marine officers face while executing their life-saving duties”.

It says the investigation into the accident is ongoing and further details will be provided when available.

In the meantime, the search for bodies of the people who drowned is still on, it says.

Boat accidents are not uncommon in Uganda.

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