Egyptian Ferry sinks in Red Sea

3rd Feb 2006

There are reports that an Egyptian ferry has sunk in the Red Sea with more then 1400 people on board. It is believed that the bulk of passengers were Egyptian’s working in Saudi Arabia. It is understood that there are survivors, and lifeboats have been spotted in the waters near the wreckage.

The al-Salam Boccaccio 98 sank moments after departing from the port of Duba in Saudi Arabia. The ex Italian vessel, known for stability problems, was bound for Safaga in southern Egypt.

Other passengers were thought to have been returning from Mecca.



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