Rescue efforts following Kafr El-Sheikh's ferry disaster (Al-Ahram)
Egyptian prosecutors in the Nile Delta governorate of Kafr El-Sheikh ordered Saturday the detention of five state officials from the Fouh city council pending investigations into the Thursday sinking of a Nile ferry which killed 15 people.
The prosecution is attempting to determine who was responsible for the incident.
The ferry, which was attempting to cross from Egypt's Kafr El-Sheikh’s Sendion to Beheira’s Derot on Thursday night, was carrying 17 people despite having a maximum capacity of six.
Initial investigations indicate there was negligence in the licensing issued for the boats, according to prosecution officials.
The prosecution has called a police officer to give testimony on the incident, and has appointed a technical committee to examine the location of the incident
The governor of Kafr El-Sheikh, El-Sayed Naser, suspended on Saturday the five officials for three months, holding them accountable for the incident.
Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali has ordered a compensation of LE10,000 to be paid to the family of the deceased, and LE2000 for the injured.
On Friday, Egypt's Prime Minister Sherif Ismail ordered an immediate investigation into the incident and called on the ministers of local development and transportation to ensure that all ferries are registered and undergo regular maintenance.
Heavy rain and cold temperatures were witnessed nationwide recently, contributing to several traffic accidents.
Transportation accidents and fatalities, often due to poor maintenance, are not uncommon in Egypt.