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Egyptian ferry sinks in Red Sea
An Egytpian ferry carrying about 1,400 people, most of them Egyptians, has sunk in the Red Sea.
Bodies have been seen in the water but also survivors in lifeboats.

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 as being 100km (62 miles) from Duba. Rescue boats and helicopters are searching the area, but the weather is poor.

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 al-Salam Boccaccio 98 is 30 years old.

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, Egypt's minister of transport, Mohammed Lutfy Mansour, said.

"The Coast Guard is doing every 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.


 This is not the first and not the last incident that we will see with ferries in this region
Vadim Smith, Brussels, Belgium 

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 as the vessel had a capacity of 1,400.

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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There are police all around Duba. You would have thought there was a terrorist incident. The place is going crazy. Hopefully, they can recover as many survivors as they can.
Nick Clarke, Duba, Saudi Arabia


This is not the first and not the last incident that we will see with ferries in this region. It is a shame that modern technology cannot be used to improve rescue efforts in such cases as surely it is available but as ever, lack of funding results not only in accidents but in delaying any rescue efforts that maybe initiated.
Vadim Smith, Brussels, Belgium


This will shock many people throughout the Arab and Muslim world, because not only were people from Egypt coming from Saudi Arabia from their place of work but many were also returning from the holy pilgrimage of Hajj.
Ahmed Abdulla, Isleworth, London, UK



Most people using that route are coming back from the Hajj with heavy loads of luggage and mostly families of Egyptian workers from their Eid holidays and street vendors or suppliers.
Mohamed T. Mahagoub, Shrewsbury - Uk


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http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/world/middle_east/4676916.stm

Published: 2006/02/03 12:26:18 GMT

iraq would just get annexed by iran


That would be a great solution.  If Iran and the majority of Iraqi's are pleased with it, then why shouldn't they do it?
 

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Re: An Egytpian ferry carrying about 1,400 people has sunk in the Red Sea
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2006, 06:58:31 AM »
shit 1400 that shit is crazy
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Re: An Egytpian ferry carrying about 1,400 people has sunk in the Red Sea
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2006, 09:54:22 AM »
the read sea is infested by sharks
 

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Re: An Egytpian ferry carrying about 1,400 people has sunk in the Red Sea
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2006, 10:09:08 AM »
I heard about that on the radio today  :-\
 

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Re: An Egytpian ferry carrying about 1,400 people has sunk in the Red Sea
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2006, 10:51:01 AM »
holy shit... thats fucked... crazy tragedy, r.i.p.
 

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Re: An Egytpian ferry carrying about 1,400 people has sunk in the Red Sea
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2006, 08:44:13 PM »
1 400 people that are not rioting the streets today
 

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Re: An Egytpian ferry carrying about 1,400 people has sunk in the Red Sea
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2006, 06:32:45 AM »
They ethered themselves, not enough lifeboats...yawns.
 

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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2006, 10:46:50 AM »
They ethered themselves, not enough lifeboats...yawns.
you think thats funny read this

Survivors of the Red Sea ferry disaster have said the captain and his crew were first to flee the burning ship by lifeboat and abandoned them to their fate.


Some passengers plucked alive from the sea or from boats after the ferry caught fire and sank early on Friday said on Saturday that the crew had told them not to worry about a fire below deck and even ordered them to take off lifejackets.
   
The survivors said a fire broke out below deck shortly after the 35-year-old vessel left the Saudi port of Duba on Thursday evening.

Shihata Ali, an Egyptian survivor, said the passengers had told the captain about the fire but he told them not to worry.
   
"We were wearing lifejackets but they told us there was nothing wrong, told us to take them off and they took away the lifejackets," he said. "Then the boat started to sink and the captain took a boat and left."

Another survivor said: "The captain was the first to leave and we were surprised to see the boat sinking." 

Other survivors also reported that the crew played down the gravity of the situation and withheld lifejackets.
   
Abd al-Rauf Abd al-Nabi said: "There was a fire but the crew stopped the people from putting on lifejackets so that it wouldn't cause a panic."

Nadir Jalal Abd al-Shafi, another arrival on the same rescue boat, said: "There was a blaze down below. The crew said 'Don't worry, we will put it out'. When things got really bad the crew just went off in the lifeboats and left us on board."

what a coward(captain),
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Re: An Egytpian ferry carrying about 1,400 people has sunk in the Red Sea
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2006, 10:49:45 AM »
the captain should be killed, and this is really a tragedy
 

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Re: An Egytpian ferry carrying about 1,400 people has sunk in the Red Sea
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2006, 10:53:42 AM »
its worse the fucking crew had a lot of people locked in their compartment so they won't panic,geuess wat they left and forgot to unlock it
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Re: An Egytpian ferry carrying about 1,400 people has sunk in the Red Sea
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2006, 11:59:18 AM »
ok, lets weigh it up... chance of people panicing vs. people panicing and having a better chance of survival.... hmmm... thats just fucked.
 

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Re: An Egytpian ferry carrying about 1,400 people has sunk in the Red Sea
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2006, 08:41:37 AM »
The company said only 17 of the 96 crew members had been reported alive.

They didn't say whether or not the Captain survived  :P
 

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Re: An Egytpian ferry carrying about 1,400 people has sunk in the Red Sea
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2006, 08:49:34 AM »
survivors have also reported that the fire started whilst still in view of the suadi port but they continued on for 2 hours even after requests were made by the passengers to turn around

iraq would just get annexed by iran


That would be a great solution.  If Iran and the majority of Iraqi's are pleased with it, then why shouldn't they do it?
 

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Re: An Egytpian ferry carrying about 1,400 people has sunk in the Red Sea
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2006, 09:02:49 AM »
^ what the fuck ?
 

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« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2006, 09:03:23 AM »
Some Dum Fucks
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« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2006, 09:09:53 AM »
A crew member of the ferry that sank Friday in the Red Sea said Sunday water used to extinguish a fire aboard caused the ship to list(lean over) in heavy winds.
 

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« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2006, 09:23:22 AM »
The fucked up thing is most of these people are labour force that had their money with them to give to their families,so now the poorest people in one of the poorest countries don't have any kind of income
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Re: An Egytpian ferry carrying about 1,400 people has sunk in the Red Sea
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2006, 09:38:59 AM »
egypt is far from the poorest country in the world. but that just made a bad situation worse.. they work long hours on the nile in egypt...
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« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2006, 09:54:36 AM »
egypt is far from the poorest country in the world. but that just made a bad situation worse.. they work long hours on the nile in egypt...
wat does the nile have to do with it
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« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2006, 10:47:23 AM »
most the labourers would be farmers... most the farms run along the nile.
 

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« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2006, 11:10:00 AM »
egypt is far from the poorest country in the world. but that just made a bad situation worse.. they work long hours on the nile in egypt...
wat does the nile have to do with it

most of labours were coming from saudi arabia they weren't farmers,most would have worked in construction.the  ship sank between egypt and saudi arabia
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Re: An Egytpian ferry carrying about 1,400 people has sunk in the Red Sea
« Reply #21 on: February 05, 2006, 11:57:24 AM »
did you notice Adriana Lima ?
 

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« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2006, 11:58:15 AM »
did you notice Adriana Lima ?
lol ya
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