21 dead as cargo ship hits party boat north of Cairo
CAIRO - Agence France-Presse
People gather along the banks of the Nile River during a search for the victims of a boat accident on the River Nile in the Warraq area of Giza, Egypt, early July 23, 2015. REUTERS photoAt least 21 people celebrating an engagement were killed on the Nile north of Cairo late July 22 when a cargo ship hit their chartered boat, medical and security sources said.
Five of the party were rescued from the river but at least six were still missing early on July 23.
Security sources said the search for them had been hampered by the darkness.
At least two children were killed. 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.
Police said they had arrested the captain of the cargo boat and his deputy after the accident, one of many that happen on the Nile and off Egypt's coast each year.
In the deadliest such accident in February 2006, an Egyptian ferry sank in the Red Sea, killing more than 1,000 people.