The survivor of MV Templar boat cruise accident Prince Arnold Ssimbwa has passed-on.
Omulangira Ssimbwa is one of the over 100 revelers and celebrities who in 2018 boarded the ill-fated boat which claimed the lives of about 30 people including some of the first responders to the rescue.
Prince Ssimbwa who was a son to Prince David Golooba, the elder brother of Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II passed on at Nsambya hospital where he was admitted last week.
“He died of a stroke at Nsambya hospital this morning,” his close friend and old student of Nkumba Primary School, Mr Godfrey Ssekisonge told this reporter.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or reduced, preventing brain tissue from getting oxygen and nutrients. It is considered as a medical emergency, and prompt treatment is crucial.
Days after the accident which claimed the lives of more than 30 people near Mutima Beach on Lake Victoria, Prince Ssimbwa, a businessman and events organizer, on December 2, 2018 shared his harrowing testimony with a congregation at Victory Christian Centre, where he gave his life to Christ and became a born-again Christian.
The owner of the boat Templar Bisasse also succumbed to the boat accident alongside his wife and many other youths.
Other survivors who shared harrowing details of the boat accident expressed a clear lack of safety measures on board as some survivors and victims were found without any life jackets or safety precautions.
The boat accident not only shed light into the need for stronger safety measures but also a need for more regulatory maritime policies around water bodies in Uganda as the rescue operation was found to not only be short staffed highly inadequate.