Engagement ‘party boat’ crash in Nile River kills 21

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Party boat crash kills at least 15 in Nile river.
Party boat crash kills at least 15 in Nile river.

At least 21 people have been reportedly killed on the River Nile in Egypt when a cargo ship hit their chartered boat, medical and security sources said.

The people on board were celebrating an engagement when the mishap happened. Family and friends of a young couple had hired the boat for an engagement party and were sailing north of Cairo when it was hit, eyewitnesses told BBC.

The bodies of four babies had been recovered, interior ministry said, adding several passengers are still missing. Five people were rescued from the crash scene and the captain of the cargo boat has been arrested by police.

At least two children were killed and it was not clear whether the couple were among the dead. Security sources said the search for them had been hampered by the darkness

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