Today at about 5:02pm, Police Marine Unit responded to a distress call from Lake Victoria.
According to the caller, a boat, MV Vanessa, which they had boarded from Lutoboka, Kalangala District heading to Water Front Beach Entebbe, got stuck on the lake.
The passengers were scared of what could happen next.
Police responded and later got to know that it was not a mechanical issue that had made the boat to fail, but they had run out of fuel.
The boat management was sending fuel and the rescue team arrived at 5:17pm with fuel which enabled them to sail again to Entebbe.
“We have summoned the boat captain to record statements upon what exactly happened and why he had opted to set sail without enough fuel,” said ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, Deputy Pro Kampala Metropolitan.
He said officers in the Police Marine unit have also confirmed that all the occupants of the boat arrived safely at their destination and there is no cause of alarm.
“However, we appeal to the public to always inform our Police Marine Unit whenever such issues happen on our toll free line 0800 300113.”