Egypt migrant boat mishap kills hundreds

Survivors from a boat which capsized off the Egyptian coast on Wednesday say hundreds of people may have drowned.

“The boat was carrying about 550 migrants when it capsized eight miles (12km) off the coast,” they say.

Authorities have so far rescued 163 people and recovered 42 bodies so far off the port city of Rosetta.

The boat is said to have capsized after a final group of some 150 people were crammed on board.

Authorities have been accused of failing to send help fast enough.

Crossing the Mediterranean
The UN says “more than 10,000 people have died crossing the Mediterranean towards Europe since 2014.”

The boat was kept off the coast for five days as more migrants were brought on board.

Over 100 of those rescued were Egyptians.