Bodies recovered from site of boat accident near Alexandria; death toll rises to 14

Ahram Online , Wednesday 24 Feb 2021

The boat, which was carrying 20 people, all from one family, capsized on Monday night as it returned from one of the small islands on the lake

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Rescue divers conduct search operations for victims of a capsized boat in Lake Mariout, 20 kilometres (12 miles) west of Egypt's second city of Alexandria on February 23, 2021. Reuters

Egyptian rescuers recovered a body from the site of a boat accident in Lake Mariout near the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, bringing the total death toll from the deadly accident to 14.

The boat, which was carrying 20 people, all from one family, capsized on Monday night as it returned from one of the small islands on the lake.

Since Monday, rescue workers have attempted to rescue survivors and recover the bodies of the victims, which included several children aged between six months and nine years old.

Six people have been rescued, nine bodies have been recovered, and five people were still missing as of Tuesday.

On Tuesday, authorities arrested the owner of the boat and an investigation into the incident is underway.

The public prosecution has ordered an autopsy to be conducted on the bodies and is looking into whether the boat was authorised for fishing and navigation from the Egyptian Authority for Navigation Safety.

Lake Mariout is a 200 km² salt lake and serves as one of the biggest fish farms in the country.

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