If it wasn’t luck and help from a university student known as Brian Masole, musician Irene Namubiru would be among the dead or the still missing bodies from the boat which capsized last Saturday on lake Victoria as partiers went for a boat cruise.
Irene Namubiru is now a survivor of the tragic incident that has so far left 33 lives gone. She dedicates her life to Masole a student at Kampala International University.
She says Masole after saving her life went back three more times to save other victims from the capsized boat
Brian along with other people who were later known to be students had hired their own boat to go have fun on the nearby islands and when they heard about the sad news, he quickly took his friends to the shore and came to rescue people he could manage rescuing.
“He heard my distress calls for help as I saw other boats passing us by, saw the light of my phone that I kept waving up and came right to me. He asked me for the phone, bag and then pulled me in. Then he tried to pull the lady who came grabbing on my hand and life jacket almost drowning me. I managed to bring her up to the boat but she died right there as part of her life jacket got stuck under the boat,” said Irene.
She later added that the lady who was clinging on her life jacket was Mrs. Bisase, the owner of the boat who died because she was heavy. The musician further stated that Brian went with her phone which he used to save other people including Shylla Nankuda who later died among others.
“I thank you Brian, The fishermen, the locals and all those with whom we were trying to save others. It’s unfortunate that one fisherman died so others could live. May he R.I.P. On that very night Brian communicated with my people found who I was, assured them that I was alive and safe. At 3:30pm, he was at my house with my manager just to make sure.” Irene added.