Death toll from Egypt ferry accident rises to six

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CAIRO, Oct 15 (Reuters) Egyptian rescue workers recovered the bodies of two children from the Nile river today, bringing the death toll from a holiday ferry accident to six, security sources said.

The sources said the bodies were of siblings, ages 6 and 7, and the search was continuing for several other people still unaccounted for. Of the dead, all but one have been children.

Five other people were slightly injured in the accident on Sunday in the province of Minya, some 200 km (120 miles) south of Cairo, that occurred over the Eid el-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramzan.

State news agency MENA quoted the governor of Minya as saying that a large number of passengers had been trying to get on the ferry when a ramp linking it to the river bank collapsed.

Security officials said one of the boat's railings also collapsed, sending more people into the water.


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