By Muhamad Matovu
MV Templar, the boat that capsized last Saturday, was on Thursday evening retrieved and anchored to the shores of Mutima beach in Mpaata sub-county in Mukono district.
The operation involved officers from the marine police, UPDF, ministry of Works and Transport engineers, fishermen, journalists and the local community.
The officers used steel cables tied on a tractor and excavator to pull the wreckage from the lake. The officers have been working for the last five days to retrieve the wreckage and bodies believed to be trapped following Saturday tragedy.
The boat, capsized just a few metres away from Mutima beach with an estimated 120 people on board.
At least 33 bodies have so far been retrieved from the lake and 27 people rescued alive. Since Monday, the joint forces of local fishermen, police and army marines have been trying to retrieve the wreckage without success until today when Uganda Railways Corporation provided them some of their equipment including stronger cable wires.
The marines are now also trying to retrieve any remaining bodies that are said to have been trapped under the lake. The bodies are however said to be in a very terrible state