Boat tragedy kills at least 18 in Egypt
A cargo ship collided with a boat on the Nile carrying people celebrating an engagement, leaving at least 18 dead, Egyptian police said yesterday as divers searched for missing passengers.
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.
A police general on the scene told AFP that 18 corpses had been retrieved. Police and medics had earlier said 21 people were killed.
Five survivors were plucked from the river but an unknown number were still missing, the police general said.
Family and friends of a young couple had hired the boat to celebrate their engagement. It was not clear whether the couple were among the dead.
The captain has been detained for four days along with three of his assistants on suspicion of manslaughter, the official MENA news agency reported.