CAIRO: Police marine squad continues to look for the bodies of three people who went missing after Nile motorboat has capsized Friday evening in the River Nile south of Upper Egypt’s governorate of Aswan, Youm7 reported.
The marine squad rescued seven passengers who were immediately admitted to the Aswan University Hospital while underwater search teams are currently looking for the missing three bodies including the motorboat captain’s, official sources told Youm7.
The incident occurred at around 05:30 p.m. on Friday, said the source, adding that the motorboat operates without a license.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the boat lost balance while sailing before it capsized nearby Aswan’s district of Gabal Takouk. A group of nine friends chartered the motorboat for a picnic.
The incident is one of a series of accidents frequently occur on the Nile River. They are often blamed on loose enforcement of the law.
In July 2015, at least 35 people died after their boat capsized in Cairo’s district of Al Warraq.
Last year, six people including a child were killed when their boat collided with a bridge structure near downtown Cairo.
Egypt’s deadliest boat accident occurred in February 2006 when a Red Sea ferry links between Egypt and Saudi Arabia sank killing at least 1,000 people.