Egypt ferry accident claims lives

Search on for missing passengers after ramp linking vessel to river bank collapsed.

     The ferry had about 50 passengers on board at the time of the accident on Sunday in Abu Qurqas [AFP]

    Fouad Saadeddin, the governor of Minya, a province in central Egypt, said seven people are still unaccounted for, while several security officials said at least 10 are missing.
     
    "The current was so strong, so bodies could have drifted away from the site of the accident," he told Egyptian state-run television.
     
    Rescue halted
     
    Saadeddin said the final death toll would not be known until after the completion of rescue efforts, which were suspended on Sunday once darkness fell.
     
    MENA quoted him as saying a large number of passengers were trying to get on the ferry when a ramp linking it to the river bank collapsed.
     
    Security officials said one of the boat's railings also collapsed, sending more people into the water.
     
    Television footage showed dozens of local residents gathered at the site watching police divers search for survivors.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Death from above: Every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Death from above: Every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Will you push the boundaries or play it safe?

    Will you push the boundaries or play it safe?

    Curate an art exhibition and survive Thailand's censorship crackdown in this interactive game.