16 die in Nile ferry accident By MAMDOUH SEROUR Associated Press Writer Article Launched: 12/22/2007 02:08:30 PM PST MINYA, Egypt—A minibus fell off a ferry and sank in the Nile River in southern Egypt Saturday, killing 16 people including six children, security and local officials said. Police blamed the driver for the accident because he had failed to apply the emergency brake while the car was being ferried to a landing near the village of Deir Mawas in Minya province, said Minya police chief Mahmoud Noureddin. The driver jumped out of the vehicle at the last minute and survived but all of the passengers perished, said Noureddin. Rescue workers retrieved 13 bodies and were still searching for three others Saturday evening, he said. Another bus that was on the ferry reached the river's west bank safely, said Minya Governor Fouad Saad Eddin. But three of its passengers who were standing outside the first bus at the time of the incident were injured, said Noureddin. The two minibuses carried men, women and children of one extended family who were heading to visit their relatives, according to the governor. The driver of the bus that fell off the ferry turned himself in to authorities fearing violent reprisal from surviving family members, said Noureddin. During the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, Egyptians usually return to their hometowns to visit family and cemeteries to pay their respects. Ferry, railway and road accidents are common in Egypt mainly because of poor maintenance and the lack of regulations.