Hero Brit dies after diving into River Nile to save son on dream safari trip

A heroic Brit was killed after diving into the River Nile to save his child during their stay at a dream safari resort.

Robert Kaweesi, 48, from Birmingham, had been staying at the Gipir and Labongo Safari Lodge in Pakwach, Uganda with his family, and was enjoying what was supposed to be an incredible three-week visit when the tragedy took place.

Newlywed Kaweesi jumped into the river after his 12-year-old went swimming in the river around 6:40pm on Wednesday (August 17), but became overpowered by the water, prompting the protective dad to spring into action and attempt to save his son.

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However, Kaweesi also disappeared under the forceful waves.

A brave bystander rescued Kaweesi's son, but the dad remained missing and a two-day search was launched.

His family received confirmation today (August 19) that the search party involving submarines, police and fishermen had finally found a body.

Local police spokesperson Josephine Angucia told the Nile Post: "The body of Robert Kaweesi has just been recovered by police divers from the River Nile.

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"They are in the process of transferring the body to Pakwach health centre IV pending post-mortem."

The police added: "When they went swimming in the river, the son was overpowered by the waves. The deceased wanted to rescue his son but instead drowned and his son was saved."

His bereaved family have since spoken out about the horrifying news, describing him as "always smiling".

His daughter Sylivia Nampijja, 26, said: "He was willing to do anything for anybody. He was always smiling.

"He was a good dad and he loved us all."

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She added: "As they arrived at the resort, there was an area of water there which is part of the River Nile. The children got excited and they all went in, but they didn't realise the depth.

"My dad saw one of the boys was struggling and gasping for breath and jumped in after him."

Sylivia got the news that her father had died at 6am this morning.

"My stepmother and the children are still in Uganda, I'm very worried about them," she added.

"We're trying to extend their flights and their visa as they were meant to return home on Monday next week."

A Ugandan-born British citizen, Kaweesi worked as an air conditioning and refrigeration contractor and split his time between his home in Birmingham, which he shared with Sylivia, and Luton, where he worked and lived with wife Justine Katantazi, their three sons, aged 12, 13 and 15, and their daughter, nine.

Justine and Kaweesi reportedly married in early August, mere weeks before tragedy struck.

A spokesperson for the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development office said: "We are supporting the family of a British man who has died in Uganda and are in contact with the local authorities."


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