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    Egyptian ferry sinks with 1400 on board; 12 survivors found so far

    May Allah SWT protect those on board and allow them to be rescued. Inna lillahi wa inna elahi raji'oon.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4676916.stm

    A ferry carrying about 1,400 people, most of them Egyptians, has sunk in the Red Sea.

    Fourteen bodies and 12 survivors have so far been pulled from the sea, Egyptian officials said.

    The al-Salam Boccaccio-98 went down about 80km (50 miles) off the Egyptian coast during a journey from Duba in Saudi Arabia to Safaga.

    Rescue boats and helicopters are searching the area, but are being hampered by poor weather.

    The cause of the sinking is not known but there were high winds when it left Duba.

    The ship was carrying 1,310 passengers and 96 Egyptian crew, Jan Maher, a spokesman for the ship's Egyptian company, el-Salam Maritime Transport, told the BBC.

    Most of the passengers are Egyptians working in Saudi Arabia although some are thought to be pilgrims returning from Mecca.

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

    "We don't know how many casualties there are or how the ship sank," he said.

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

    The ship had been due to arrive at Safaga at about 0300 local time (0100 GMT).
    Four Egyptian frigates are looking for survivors, said Egyptian Transport Minister Mohammed Lutfy Mansour.

    "The Coast Guard is doing everything in its power to try to rescue these people," he said.

    Britain has sent the warship HMS Bulwark to help and it will arrive in a day-and-a-half, the Royal Navy said.

    A spokesman for the Egyptian embassy in London, Ayman al-Kaffas, said there was "a vast area of water" for the rescue operation to cover.

    Asked about the delay in the disappearance being reported, he said the rescue operation had started just after midnight, within an hour or an hour-and-a-half of the ship going missing.
    Shipping expert Paul Beaver told the BBC that overloading should not have been a problem.

    There was a possibility one or more of the vehicles the ship was transporting could have moved, particularly in bad weather, he said.

    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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    Re: Egyptian ferry sinks with 1400 on board; 12 survivors found so far

    Inna-Lillah-e-Wa-Inna-Ilaih-e-Rajioon...

    May Allah SWT protect those on board and allow them to be rescued.
    Ameen...
    Focus not on who you are but what you do...
    ])>:::}-:Salams:-{:::<([

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      #3
      Re: Egyptian ferry sinks with 1400 on board; 12 survivors found so far

      I wonder how could this happen???

      Dont they have emergency vessels, modern comm: equipment etc.
      Then how could this much people die.
      Some foul play may be there.
      If its really an accident it could really change the
      industry safety standards.

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        #4
        Re: Egyptian ferry sinks with 1400 on board; 12 survivors found so far

        Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajeeon.

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