Danish tourist body recovered in Uganda

By Geof Magga

Posted on Thursday, 8 December 2011 15:24

One of two bodies of Danish tourists who drowned in Lake Bunyonyi in western Uganda last Wednesday has been recovered.

The hunt for the second body is ongoing, local authorities and police said.

Lake Bunyonyi is about 400 kilometres west of Uganda’s capital Kampala.

Police said a helicopter chartered by the Danish embassy in Kampala had flown the body to Uganda’s main referral hospital of Mulago in Kampala, as they wait the recovery of the second body.

The body was recovered after joint efforts by Ugandan army and police marines.

“We have recovered the body of Sebastian Burtin, 20. We are still looking for the body of Thomas Svith,” area police spokesman, Elly Maate said.

Burtin and Svith toured Uganda after completing their tenure in a charity programme in western Kenya.

Uganda Tourism association, Amos Wekesa said Lake Bunyonyi is the second deepest lake in Africa and there are signposts warning people against swimming in it.

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