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    By SALAH NASRAWI
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    CAIRO, Egypt



    An Egyptian passenger ship carrying about 1,300 people sank in the Red Sea overnight during bad weather, and rescue ships arriving at the scene Friday pulled dozens of bodies from the water, an official said. At least 12 survivors were rescued, some in lifeboats.

    A spokesman for the Egyptian Embassy told the British Broadcasting Corp. that "dozens of bodies of victims" had been pulled from the choppy waters between Saudi Arabia and Egypt.


    The 35-year-old ship, Al-Salaam Boccaccio 98, went down 40 miles off the Egyptian port of Hurghada, the head of the Egyptian Maritime Authority, Mahfouz Taha Marzouk, told The Associated Press.

    Four rescue ships found 15 bodies and rescued 12 survivors, he said. Britain's top naval officer said he had diverted a warship to the north Red Sea site and it will arrive within two days.

    But Ayman al-Kaffas, a spokesman for the Egyptian Embassy, told the BBC that "a massive search and rescue effort" was underway, and "dozens of bodies of victims" had been pulled from the water.

    "We have spotted several lifeboats with live passengers that we are trying to get to," al-Kaffas said. "It's a challenging operation due to the bad weather conditions."

    The cause of the disaster was not immediately known, but there were high winds and a sandstorm overnight on Saudi Arabia's west coast, where the ship departed from. The ship sailed from the Saudi port of Dubah at 7 p.m. Thursday night and was scheduled to arrive at Egypt's port of Safaga _ 120 miles away _ eight hours later.

    The ship disappeared from radar screens shortly after sailing, maritime officials in Suez said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

    Helicopters sent up soon after the vessel disappeared saw bodies floating in the water and at least one lifeboat carrying three people, Egyptian maritime officials said.

    The agent for the ship in Saudi Arabia, Farid al-Douadi, said the vessel was in good condition. The passengers were mostly Egyptians but included Saudis, Sudanese and other nationalities.

    Marzouk said the ship _ built in 1971 and renovated in 1990 in an Egyptian shipyard _ was carrying 1,318 people, including a crew of 96.

    "The ship complied with all necessary safety measures," Egyptian Transport Minister Mohammed Lutfy Mansour told Egypt's semi-official Middle East News Agency. "The reasons remain unknown. ... The Coast Guard is doing everything in its power to try to rescue these people."

    It was not immediately clear who the passengers were. Egyptian workers often take ships from Saudi Arabia back home across the Red Sea.

    Initial reports said some of the passengers may have been Muslim pilgrims returning from the hajj, which ended nearly a month ago. But the Saudi port of Dubah is known more as a transit point for workers than pilgrims, who mostly leave through Jiddah, further south.

    Dubah and Safaga lie virtually opposite each other at the northern end of the Red Sea, which is an extremely busy sea route. In addition to east-west traffic between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, there is north-south traffic through the Suez Canal and to and from the Israeli and Jordanian ports of Eilat and Aqaba.

    The ship is owned by the Egyptian firm El-Salaam Maritime Transport Co. The company's owner, Mamdouh Ismail, said the ship is registered in Panama. He spoke before the sinking was confirmed and refused to comment further.

    A ship owned by the same company, also carrying pilgrims, collided with a cargo ship at the southern entrance to the Suez Canal in October, causing a stampede among passengers trying to escape the sinking ship. Two people were killed and 40 injured.

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    What? A Panamanian-registered ship sinking with massive loss of life?

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    For those of you who don't get the sarcasim, a Panamanian-registered ship almost always means that the company is run by a bunch of cheap-assed mofos. The ship was NEVER inspected for seaworthiness or safety. The company just sends a check to the appropriate address in Panama and their good to go.
    To have a U.S. registration, a ship must undergo a riggerous inspection and frequent Coast Guard supervised safety inspections, including little things like lifeboat drills and they also check details like if anybody on the bridge crew can actually pilot it.
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    thats interesting, because most cruise ships out of america carry Panama regesters.
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    This is exactly why I don't cruise.

    Those poor people tho.
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    'Many dead' as Egypt ferry sinks

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    Hundreds of people are feared to have died after an Egyptian ferry carrying about 1,400 people sank in the Red Sea.
    Officials say 185 bodies and about 300 survivors were pulled from the water, but hundreds more remained unaccounted for as darkness fell.

    The al-Salam Boccaccio '98 sank about 80km (50 miles) off Egypt during an overnight trip from Duba, Saudi Arabia.

    The cause of the disaster is not known, but there were high winds when the 35-year-old vessel set sail.

    "How can they put all these passengers in such an old ship that was not fit for sailing? "

    Ahmed Abdul Hamid
    Ferry passenger's relative

    The Egyptian transport minister said there had been no concerns about the seaworthiness of the ship.

    But President Hosni Mubarak has ordered an immediate inquiry into the cause and circumstances of the sinking, as his spokesman has suggested there were not enough lifeboats on the ferry.

    'Complete blackout'

    Most of the passengers were Egyptians working in Saudi Arabia, but some were said to be pilgrims returning from Mecca.

    The ship vanished after setting sail for Safaga on Thursday evening, but no distress signal was said to have been received by Egyptian officials.

    Warships and helicopters have been searching the area, which Ayman al-Kaffas, spokesman for the Egyptian embassy in London, described as "vast".

    A spokesman for the ferry's Egyptian owner, the el-Salam Maritime Transport, said later on Friday that between 300 and 400 passengers had been rescued.

    "We have found them and we took them on board one of our ships which was sent to take part in the rescue operation," Mohammed Helmy told the AFP news agency.

    A British warship sent to the area has been recalled after Egypt said it was no longer needed.

    The Egyptian ship was carrying 1,310 passengers and 96 Egyptian crew, Jan Maher from el-Salam Maritime Transport told the BBC.

    There were about 100 people from other countries, including Saudis and Sudanese, Capt Maher said.

    In Safaga, many anxious families have been waiting for hours for news of their loved ones.

    "There is nobody... to tell us what is going on. We are in a complete blackout, " Ahmed Abdul Hamid, who was waiting for his cousin, was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.

    Egyptian presidential spokesman Suleiman Awad said "the speed at which the ship sank and the fact there were not enough life rafts on board confirm that there was a [safety] problem".

    "But we cannot anticipate the results of the investigation," he told public television.

    A sister ship of the al-Salam '98 sank in the Red Sea in October after a collision.

    Two people were killed and 40 injured.

 

 

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