Nile boat collision of warraq (Al-Ahram)
The Egyptian General Prosecution has summoned several officials in connection to the recent Nile boat collision in which 40 people died in July.
The Administrative Prosecution Authority issued a press release Wednesday revealing the results of an investigation into the accident and accordingly summoning those who are deemed responsible by the authorities.
They include the director of the General Authority of Operations for River Transport, the director of the Administration for River Control, Cairo area licenses director and the head of the recently formed inspection committee.
The accident took place 22 July when a party boat and a cargo ship collided on the Nile River near Al-Warraq district in Giza, leaving 40 people dead.
The Administrative Prosecution Authority press release stated that the party boat had a fake license plate.
According to the release, the boat was carrying 50 people at the time of the accident, exceeding its maximum capacity of 20.
The statement also said that the 90-metre long cargo ship consisted of two main parts not compatible with each other, which made the boat difficult to navigate and that it was assembled without the approval of the Administration of River Control.
"The cargo ship lacked any lights or horns. Accordingly, it was forbidden from sailing at night, though the ship passed seven checkpoints and none of them reacted," the statement added.
The ship was also required to have six staff members though three were absent.