Egypt Nile boat accident death toll rises to 29

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Egypt Nile boat accident death toll rises to 29

Egyptians look at the passenger boat that sunk in the river Nile in Giza, south of Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, July 23, 2015. (AP)

AFP, Cairo
Friday, 24 July 2015

At least 29 people drowned when their party boat collided with a cargo ship on the Nile, the Egyptian health ministry said on Friday.

The new toll, after police said 19 people had died in the Wednesday night accident north of Cairo, was released after rescuers found more bodies in the river, the health ministry said in a statement.

Rescuers were still searching for more bodies, it said. It was the deadliest such incident on the Nile in years.

The victims had been celebrating an engagement on the vessel, one of many Egyptians rent on the Nile for outings and celebrations.

The captain of the cargo boat and his assistants were arrested following the accident late Wednesday in the Warraq district north of Cairo, the authorities said.

The Nile, which runs along the length of Egypt, is dotted with cargo ships, party boats and fishing vessels.

In 2011, at least 22 people drowned in southern Egypt when a bus they were in fell into the Nile from a ferry which crashed into the river bank.

Last Update: Friday, 24 July 2015 KSA 12:43 - GMT 09:43
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Egypt raises death toll from Nile boat collision to 35

The captain of the cargo boat and his assistants were arrested following the accident late on Wednesday (AP)

By AP, AFP | Cairo
Saturday, 25 July 2015

Egypt's Health Ministry says four more bodies have been retrieved from the Nile River from a boat collision earlier this week, bringing the death toll to 35 people killed.

Ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar told The Associated Press that the search efforts continued on Saturday.

The collision late on Wednesday night happened when a passenger boat traveling down the Nile near Cairo collided with a scow, causing the boat to capsize.

The victims had been celebrating an engagement on the vessel, one of many Egyptians rent on the Nile for outings and celebrations.

The captain of the cargo boat and his assistants were arrested following the accident late on Wednesday in the Warraq district north of Cairo, the authorities said.

Traffic on the Nile has been heavy, especially near Cairo, as Egyptians celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday following the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The Nile river, which runs along the length of Egypt, is dotted with cargo ships, party boats and fishing vessels. In 2011, at least 22 people drowned in southern Egypt when a bus they were in fell into the Nile from a ferry which crashed into the river bank.

Last Update: Saturday, 25 July 2015 KSA 13:53 - GMT 10:53
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This is so horrible. When things like this happen it makes me afraid to leave my house. I feel for the families.
 
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