MV Templar boat accident survivor, Arnold Simbwa passes on

Prince Arnold Simbwa, one of the survivors of the MV Templar boat cruise accident in November 2018 has died.

Simbwa passed on at Nsambya hospital where he was admitted since last week. He was a son to Prince David Golooba, the elder brother of Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.

He was among the revelers and celebrities who in 2018 boarded the ill-fated boat which claimed the lives of about 30 people including some of the first responders to the rescue.

The owner of the boat Templar Bisasse also succumbed to the boat accident alongside his wife and many other youths.

It is averred that the boat exhibited technical difficulties from the very word go; Singer Irene Namubiru was among the few survivors and her tales of the ordeal indicate that the boat had been flooding before it went under.

Other survivors who shared harrowing details of the boat accident expressed a clear lack of safety measures on board as some survivors and victims were found without any life jackets or safety precautions.

The boat accident not only shed light into the need for stronger safety measures but also a need for more regulatory maritime policies around water bodies in Uganda as the rescue operation was found to not only be short staffed but highly inadequate.

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