Friday, February 03, 2006

Egyptian ferry sinks with 1300 on board

An Egyptian ferry carrying more than 1,300 people has sunk in the Red Sea, Egyptian maritime officials say. Lifeboats and bodies have been seen, the officials said.

The al-Salam Boccaccio 98 disappeared shortly after leaving the port of Duba in Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening, bound for Safaga in southern Egypt. The ship was last recorded to be 100km (62 miles) from Duba. Rescue vessels and helicopters are searching the area, but the weather is said to be poor.

Most of the passengers are said to be Egyptians working in Saudi Arabia but some are thought to be pilgrims returning from Mecca. The 6,650-tonne al-Salam Boccaccio 98 is owned by the Egyptian company, el-Salam Maritime Transport.

The head of administration at el-Salam Maritime Transport, Adel Shukri, said he was not aware of any SOS from the crew.

Source : BBC

There are no suspected links to Terrorism at the time of posting.


Blogger Hype said...

nothing but bad news..

when will it end?

and you have to wonder if this is at all necessary?

shouldn't we have the knowledge, technology and power to bring about real progressive change?


February 03, 2006 10:08 pm  
Blogger rare80s said...

This makes me think of a modern "Titanic" disaster.

February 04, 2006 2:20 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

Shocking isnt it. I am still hearing of upto 1000 dead

February 05, 2006 8:04 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


February 05, 2006 1:22 pm  
Blogger DJEB said...

And the motivation for Israel would be what, anon?

February 06, 2006 12:31 am  
Blogger DJEB said...

I make the challenge that you gave no response because you could not. I cast my glove in front of thee.

February 11, 2006 4:35 pm  

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