A fisherman was one of the first responders at the site of Sunday's plane crash which killed 19 people in Tanzania's Lake Victoria

He has described how he tried to save the pilots stuck in the cockpit and how he nearly lost his life trying to rescue them.

Majaliwa Jackson has been officially declared a hero, awarded 1 million Tanzanian shillings ($430; £370), and offered a job in the fire and rescue brigade for his efforts.

Mr Jackson said he panicked as he saw the passenger plane approach from the wrong direction, before plunging into the lake.

He rushed to the scene with three fellow fishermen and helped to open the rear door by smashing it with a rowing oar which helped passengers seated towards the rear of the plane to be rescued.

Mr Jackson said he then moved to the front and dived into the water. He and one of the pilots then communicated with each other by making signs through the cockpit window.

Of the 43 people on board there were 24 survivors, according to Precision Air. Mourners on Monday paid tribute to the 19 victims at a service held at the local football stadium in Bukoba.

Tanzania's Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said the government would cover the cost of the funerals and extensive investigation would be carried to establish the cause of the crash.