Egypt: Cruise ship disappears from radar screens

February 3, 2006 12:36

An Egyptian cruise ship with 1,300 people on board has disappeared from radar screens in the Red Sea off the Saudi coast, Egyptian maritime officials said Friday. Saudi and Egyptian naval vessels and helicopters are conducting a search for the ship, "Salaam 98," which disappeared from radar screens shortly after sailing from the port of Dubah, western Saudi Arabia, at 7 p.m. local time on Thursday night, the maritime officials in Suez said, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to the press.

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