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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Stricken ferry's 'pleas ignored'

A ferry captain has said he refused to help the Al-Salam Boccaccio 98, the Red Sea ferry that sank on Friday, in order to protect his own passengers.

Salah Jomaa told Egypt's Al-Ahram daily that the crew of the stricken ship asked for help, but he steered clear to avoid a "second catastrophe".

"I took the decision not to turn around to protect the lives of the 1,800 passengers on board," he said.

Was it the right decision?

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