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18 Feared Drowned in Nile River

November 21, 1999

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) _ Rescuers searched Sunday for 18 people feared drowned when their boat hit a rock in the Nile River and capsized.

Many of the victims, who included two children, six women and 10 men, were related, said Fathi Khalil, a lawyer and family member of two of the victims.

The accident took place Friday near the Egyptian border, about 450 miles north of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.

None of the bodies had been recovered by Sunday evening, but rescue teams made up of local residents and nearby army units were still searching, Khalil said.

``Four men and a woman were able to make it to a small isle,″ he said. ``As the area is rarely frequented by boats in the evening, they spent the night in that cold area until Saturday morning, when they saw a fishing boat that brought them to shore and brought the sad news with it.″

No other details about the accident were available.

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