Friday, February 03, 2006
Egyptian Passenger Ship Sinks in Red Sea
CAIRO, Egypt - An Egyptian passenger ship carrying 1,300 people has sunk in the Red Sea, the head of the Egyptian Maritime Authority said Friday.
There was no indication of what may have brought down the ship.
Helicopters have spotted bodies as well as one lifeboat carrying three people near where the ship was last seen on the radar screens, Egyptian maritime officials said. They did not say how many bodies were sighted.
The cause was not immediately known, but there were high winds and a sandstorm overnight on Saudi Arabia's west coast, where the ship departed from Thursday evening.
That's a disaster, a very big disaster. That's not the first time a large ship sinks in the Red Sea. Salem Express was another ship that went down in 1991.