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At least nine dead after pleasure boat capsizes on Egyptian lake

 The Lake of Mariut is near Alexandria
Samy Magdy, Associated Press

Rescue workers are searching for at least five people missing after a boat capsized on a lake near Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

Nine people, including three children, are already known to be dead, ambulance officials said.

The boat was carrying at least 19 people and capsized late yesterday in the Lake of Mariut, while returning from an entertainment voyage, they said.

Rescue workers retrieved at least nine bodies, including two children aged one and a four-year-old, and were searching for others, the officials said.

At least five people were rescued and were taken to hospitals, said the officials.

Any survivors still in the lake, west of Alexandria, could go into shock as temperatures fall in cold waters.

Relatives spent the night on the shoreline, hoping their loved ones would be rescued or their bodies retrieved. Calls for volunteer divers to help the search were circulated on social media.

Citing relatives, local media reported that the victims, all from the same family, were returning from a voyage to an island in the lake. The victims arrived on the island in two groups, and they were all packed on the boat for the return, the Al-Masry Al-Youm daily reported.

Alexandria’s governor, Mohammed el-Sharif, said the boat was small and overcrowded, suggesting a possible cause of capsizing.

Most boats on the lake work without licences, he said.

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