Friday, 19 December 2014

8 more bodies found after Egypt Red Sea boat mishap

Egyptian authorities on Thursday extracted the bodies of eight more drowned fishermen from the Red Sea following a deadly accident earlier this week involving a fishing boat and a cargo ship, an Egyptian official has said.

The latest discoveries bring the death toll to 25 fishermen, as the search continues for two more people missing since Sunday's accident, according to Abdel-Rehim Mustafa, a spokesman for Egypt's Red Sea Port Authority.

The eight fishermen's bodies have been transferred to the victims' hometown in the Nile Delta's Matariya city.

Since the accident, rescuers have found 25 bodies and rescued 13 survivors who had been among 40 fishermen aboard the ill-fated vessel at the time of the crash.

The boat sank in the Red Sea's Gulf of Suez after crashing into a Saudi-bound cargo ship.

Egyptian prosecutors have detained the ship's captain and his assistant pending investigation into charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal negligence in connection with the incident, a judicial source said.

Two other crew members have since been released, according to the source.

The ship, which has since been confiscated by the authorities, is Kuwaiti-owned. At the time of the accident, it had been en route to Saudi Arabia's Jeddah seaport from Italy via the Suez Canal, according to a maritime source.

Two people are still missing, while the recovered bodies have been transferred to Al-Tor Hospital morgue. A total of 13 fishermen are injured.

A Jeddah-bound Kuwaiti container ship crashed into a fishing vessel named “Badr Al-Islam” Sunday. The collision first left 13 fishermen killed, 13 others injured and 14 missing at sea. The fishing vessel had 40 fishermen on board.

The source added that the ship had been carrying 265,000 tons of cargo, including highly-flammable materials.

Friday 19 December 2014


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