CAIRO: Two officials have been referred to trial over a sunken boat in the Delta’s Kafr el-Sheikh in which 15 persons drowned, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
The head of the River Navigation Department of the town of Fouah town in Kafr el-Sheikh and the head of the navigation licenses office have been charged with criminal negligence.
On Dec. 31, the boat sank in the Nile River in Fouah city; all 15 on board drowned.
The boat was fit for a maximum of six passengers and its license had expired eight months before the accident, Governor of Kafr el-Sheikh Sayed Nasr told 90 Minutes TV show.
The Social Solidarity Ministry ordered 10,000 EGP ($1,250) in compensation to each family of the 15 victims.
The accident marks one of many Nile River transport accidents that occur in Egypt each year due to lax regulations and law enforcement.
In July, a ferryboat sank in the Nile in Giza’s district of Al Warraq leaving 15 passengers dead, while six injured passengers were rescued, the Interior Ministry said.