25 bodies recovered from Red Sea fishing boat crash
An injured fishermen victim of a fishing boat crash receives treatment at the el-Tor Hospital in South Sinai on Dec 14 - AP

CAIRO: Twenty-five bodies of fishermen killed after their vessel was struck by a Kuwaiti containership in the Red Sea on Dec. 13 have been recovered, and 18 survivors were rescued, the Ministry of Health said in a Friday statement.

Efforts to find the fishermen’s bodies have been ongoing since the crash, with helicopters, military ships and divers deployed in the area where the fishing boat Badr al-Islam, crewed by 42 men, sank.

The government has begun dispensing 10,000 EGP ($1,390) to each of the families of those killed, and 5,000 EGP for each injured person, doubling the compensation after it was first set at half that amount.

Safatat, the Kuwaiti containership, was on its way from Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Port Said to the Saudi Arabian Red Sea city of Jeddah, and its crew was detained, according to Youm7.

The crew included two Egyptian captains, an Iraqi navy student and a Filipino sailor who has since been released.

The captains said they were on their navigational route when the incident happened, Al-Watan reported.

Investigators quoted by Youm7 said the Safatat detected the Badr al-Islam from 10 miles out, but still hit it twice in the collision while it was still possible to avoid it.

An official from the Vessel Monitoring Center testified to the prosecution the Safatat sent a distress message saying that it might hit a foreign body prior to the actual collision.

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