14 drown in Egypt Nile boat accident

At least fourteen people drowned when an unlicensed ferry capsized in the Egypt’s Nile river north of Cairo overnight, the official MENA news agency reported on Friday.

Rescue teams have recovered 14 bodies and were searching for survivors in the Kafr al-Sheikh province north of Cairo, the agency reported, adding that 17 people were believed to have been on board.

The provincial governor Al-Sayed Nasr told AFP that the boat, which was not licensed to work as a ferry, had been too small to accommodate the passengers.

The accident came months after at least 36 Egyptians were killed when a party boat collided with a cargo ship in the Nile.