Egypt pleasure boat driver detained

Cairo, July 27 (IANS/AKI) The skipper of a pleasure craft boat that sunk in the Nile killing 38 people after colliding with a barge turned himself into police, Al-Ahram daily said on Monday.

The 20-year-old man was charged with manslaughter and violating river transport safety, according to news web site Aswat Masriya.

He was due to be questioned by prosecutors after he was detained for four days on Sunday, Al-Ahram said.

Initial investigations showed the man the jumped off the chartered pleasure boat when it started sinking in the Nile river after colliding with the barge last week near Giza, across the river from Cairo.

The cabinet banned river navigation along Greater Cairo from sunset to sunrise, a restriction that will remain in place until the end of September, according to Aswat Masriya.



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