Survivors of the ill-fated MV Templar boat that capsized in Lake Victoria on Monday, March 4, held prayers at Mutima beach to celebrate the lives of people who died on November 24 2018
One of the boat cruise survivors, Buganda Prince David Wasajja pleaded to people to stop using the slogan ‘balance the boat’ for it brings back the sad memories of their colleagues dropping off the boat while crying out for help.
“Many of our friends died on that boat and I still remember how they were crying out for the boat captain to balance the boat. When I hear that sentence, it always takes me back to that moment,” said Wasajja.
After the boat cruise tragedy, social media adopted the slogan – balancing the boat, literary meaning ‘put yourself in order’, but Wasajja claims that to the boat cruise survivors, that word is like a mockery of that incident.
Wasajja revealed that he was one of the first people to drop off from the boat when it started capsizing.
“I think I was the first person to drop in the water. I was very confused till when someone came to my rescue and helped me reach at the shores. At the shores, I just walked away, scared of looking back given the way people were screaming,” he said.
The infamous MV Templar boat tragedy claimed lives of over 33 people who were heading at KPalm beach for a party. According to Police, this boat was over loaded and it was in a poor mechanical position, not fit to transport people.