Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

17 drown in Egypt ferry accident

Seventeen people drowned after a bus fell off a ferry into the Nile (AP)
Seventeen people drowned after a bus fell off a ferry into the Nile (AP)

Seventeen people have drowned after a bus fell off a ferry into the River Nile.

The minibus was packed with 32 passengers, mostly mourners heading to a funeral across the river, when the accident happened in the southern province of Bani Suief, an official said.

He said the bus slid off the ferry and sank because the emergency brake was not on.

Rescue workers pulled 10 survivors out while five people are still missing, he said.

Egypt has frequent transport accidents, mainly because of poor maintenance and lack of regulations. A ferry sinking in 2006 killed more than 1,000 people.

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