At least 15 people were killed in a deadly collision between a cargo boat and a passenger ferry on the river Nile near Cairo on Wednesday night, Egyptian authorities reportedly said. Two children were reportedly among the dead.

The captain of the cargo boat was arrested by Egyptian police following the crash, authorities said, according to Agence France-Presse. Of the 25 people on board the ferry, six passengers were rescued, the interior ministry reportedly said in a statement.

Four people were reportedly missing after the crash and authorities said a search operation is ongoing.

In February 2006, in the country's worst maritime accident, over 1,000 people were killed after an Egyptian ferry capsized in the Red Sea.

Egypt Boat Accident_1 People stand on the bank of the Nile while rescuers search for victims in Cairo, Egypt on July 23, 2015. Photo: Getty Images/AFP