Rescue operations in Red Sea retrieve 4 more bodies of missing fishermen

Ahram Online , Tuesday 16 Dec 2014

Rescue operations following the collision of an Egyptian fishing boat carrying at least 40 have continued following demonstrations by victims' families

One of at least a dozen injured fishermen victims of a fishing boat that crashed into a container ship receives treatment at the el-Tor Hospital in South Sinai, Egypt, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 (Photo: AP)

Rescue teams managed to retrieve early Tuesday morning four more bodies of fishermen who drowned after the collision of an Egyptian fishing boat with a Kuwaiti container ship at dawn on Sunday.

Rescue teams from the Suez canal authority, Gulf of Suez Petroleum Co "GUPCO" coordinating with Egyptian navy forces, retrieved the dead bodies from inside the sunken fishing boat.

The additional bodies retrieved put the total count of recovered bodies at 17 with 11 still missing from the "Badr El-Islam" fishing boat which collided with the Jeddah-bound Kuwaiti container ship travelling from Italy. 

Thirteen others were rescued near Raes Gharib in the Gulf of Suez, there were at least 40 fishermen on the fishing boat. 

Abdel Rahim Mustafa, The Red Sea Port Authority official spokesperson told Al-Ahram’s Arabic news website that rescue operations will continue until the retrieval of the fishermen's dead bodies. 

On Monday dozens of the victims' families protested at South Sinai governorate headquarters demanding that the government continue rescue efforts to retrieve the bodies of the lost fishermen.  

The South Sinai general attorney has ordered the detention of the Kuwaiti tanker captain and his assistant for four days, pending investigations. 

The prosecution accused both the captain and his assistant of murder, attempted murder and not participating in saving the fishing boat and its crew. 

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