CAIRO: A captain and his assistant of the container ship that hit a fishing boat with 40 persons that sank in Red Sea were detained Tuesday for four days in prison for investigations after 14 fishermen were killed, 13 injured, and others remain missing, Aswat Masyria reported Tuesday.
North Sinai prosecution judge Mohamed Abdel Salam referred the captain and his assistant, who are Egyptian, to the imprisonment after accusing them of murder and attempted murder some of the fishermen.
The collision took place Saturday in the waters of Gabal el-Zeit sea port between Ras Ghareb in the Red Sea governorate and Tur Sinai in South Sinai governorate east of Egypt.
Attorney General Hisham Barakat issued Monday a decision to detain the Kuwaiti container ship to investigate the crew as four of its crew fled after the collision, without attempting to rescue the survivors.
Barakat also ordered to form a committee from the Egyptian authority for Maritime Safety to investigate the licenses of the Kuwaiti ship and to investigate also the causes of the collision. The ship was escorted to Egyptian territorial waters Monday.