Red Sea sunken boat death toll rises to 13

Sunday 14-12-2014 03:10 PM
Red Sea sunken boat death toll rises to 13

A fisherman travels in a boat in front of a French container ship of CMA CGM in the Suez canal near Ismailia port city, northeast of Cairo May 2, 2014. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh


CAIRO, Dec 14 (Aswat Masriya) – The death toll from the accident which occurred in the Red Sea early Sunday rose to 13, while 13 more fishermen were rescued from the sunken boat, reported state television.

A fishing boat collided with a trade ship in the Red Sea early Sunday. The boat, 'Badr al-Islam', was carrying 40 Egyptian fishermen and sailing in the Gabal al-Zayt region.

Egypt's armed forces sent a military plane to South Sinai to look for the missing fishermen, a military source said.

Al-Araby al-Sarawy, the governor of Suez, told Aswat Masriya that the naval forces and the border guards were collaborating in search for the missing fishermen.

The General Authority for the Red Sea Ports announced the confiscation of the trade ship which caused the accident.

Authority Spokesman Abdel Rehim Mostafa said the ship was carrying 220 tonnes of cargo.

Around 1000 people died in the Red Sea in February 2006 when a ferry sailing from Saudi Arabia caught fire, going down in history as one of Egypt's worst sea accidents. 

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