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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cargo ship sinks in Red Sea off Egypt

Tue, 10 Mar 2009 09:02:53 GMT | PressTV

Safaga port
At least three people have been killed and seventeen others remain missing after a cargo ship sank off the Red Sea coast of Egypt.

The Cypriot-flagged Ibn al-Battuta with 26 crew members onboard sank Monday shortly after leaving the port of Safaga.

Six sailors were saved and rescue workers are still searching for the missing crewmembers, who are of Indian, Pakistani, Bengali, Somali, Iraqi and Sudanese nationalities.

Although the cause of the incident is yet unknown, some reports suggest that the 5,600-ton ship had experienced bad weather with low visibility and high waves.

The cargo ship carrying a shipment of silicon was on its way to the United Arab Emirates.

Egypt experienced one of its deadliest disasters in modern maritime history in 2006 when an Egyptian ferry traveling to Safaga from Saudi Arabia sank in the Red Sea, killing more than 1,000 passengers.

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