Kampala (CNN)Eight bodies have been recovered and many passengers are missing after a boat carrying members of a local soccer club capsized on Lake Albert in Uganda, authorities said Monday.
Fishermen and a marine unit have rescued more than 30 people from the scene of Sunday’s accident, said Ugandan police spokesman Fred Enanga.
Players and fans were traveling to a match when the boat capsized during a thunderstorm just a few minutes after it left the dock in the district of Hoima, in western Uganda.
The boat was carrying more than 50 football players and fans from the western Uganda district of Hoima.
Witnesses say overloading and bad weather are probably to blame for the accident, as the passengers were travelling to Runga landing site where a friendly match between two local clubs was scheduled.
The wooden canoe capsized shortly after it departed the docks.
A police spokesperson said that fishermen at nearby landing sites rushed to the rescue and 32 people were rescued within an hour of the accident.
Friends and relatives of the missing passengers have gathered at the shore as police conduct search operations.
In 2016, at least 30 members of a football team and their fans who were having a party died after their boat capsized on Lake Albert, which borders Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Another 35 people died last year after a cruise and another set of players died on the 20th of may 2019.