Cargo ship sinks in Red Sea, 17 crew missing

March 9, 2009 14:06


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A Cypriot-flagged cargo ship has sunk in the Red Sea in bad weather and 17 of its crew are missing. Nine other crew members have been rescued off the coast of Egypt. Egypt's official MENA news agency said the Ibn Battuta sent a distress call early Monday while sailing near the Egyptian port city of Safaga in the Red Sea. The ship had passed the Suez Canal and was en route to the United Arab Emirates carrying a cargo of 6,500 tons - or 5,900 metric tons - of silica sand meant for manufacturing glass. MENA said a small vessel, the Sultan, was nearby and managed to rescue six crew, five Somalis and one Iraqi. An Egyptian helicopter saved three more crew members. No further details were immediately known.

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