The Uganda Police Marine Unit with the help of swimmers from Uganda Wildlife Authority are searching for the body of a British tourist who drowned in River Nile on Wednesday evening.
The tourist, identified as Robert Kews, hails from Birmingham in UK. He drowned while swimming in the restricted part of the River Nile in Pakwach District.
The senior warden in charge of community conservation in Murchison falls national park Wilson Kagoro, confirmed the incident, describing it as unfortunate.
“He entered the waters to swim against the caution prohibiting swimming in the river section outside the Murchison Falls National Park,” Kagoro said in a telephone interview. He said that even when warned, the tourist insisted on swimming.
Kagoro added that the deceased alongside three others were being accommodated at Gipir and Labongo Lodge in Pakwach town.
A search for his body has commenced.