Late on Wednesday night, a transport ferry carrying around 20 people sunk in the Nile River. The accident happened on the water in an area known as Giza’s Waraq near the Nile River Delta, around 150 miles southeast of Alexandria, Egypt.
The latest reports show that 12 at least people have been confirmed killed as of now. According to Hossm Abdel-Ghaffar, a spokesman with the nation’s Health Ministry, another two passengers that were on the ferry have been found by emergency responders among the wreckage. The extent of their injuries is unknown.
Search and rescue teams are currently in the Nile River to find the remaining passengers that were swept under by the sinking ferry. There is no confirmed number of those still missing in the water. Initial reports stated at least 16 ambulances and two rescue vessels are at the scene of the shipwreck.
Currently, there is no information regarding what caused the ferry to sink. Local authorities will begin to investigate the scene once all remaining passengers are found.
By Alex Lemieux
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