Passenger boat sinks, killing 21 in Egypt

Party boat in Egypt drowned with all its passengers after colliding with a steel cargo boat docked in Cairo’s rural Warraq area

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

At least 21 people, including women and children, drowned in the River Nile on Wednesday evening after the boat they were riding collided with a cargo boat in Cairo’s north rural Nile Shore of Warraq.

The Interior Ministry announced on Thursday in a statement that 21 people had drowned in the incident.

Senior medical sources told the AFP, on Thursday, that most of the recovered bodies are women and children of very young age who were apparently celebrating an engagement party on the boat.

The sources say that only five people were successfully rescued and the search is still on. It is still unclear if the couple of the boat were amongst the drowned or not.

The Nile’s corniche is best utilised by Egyptians of all social classes for celebrating, renting boats of different sizes and going on river cruises. However, many of the boats used for impoverished passengers are not maintained properly.

The riverside has been a busy spot since the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan last week, given that it is the most visited venue during the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

TRTWorld and agencies