Two dead, 11 missing in cargo ship sinking

At least two sailors died and some 11 people are still missing after their cargo ship capsized off the Egyptian coast in the Red Sea on Monday, Egyptian port authority sources said.

    The Cypriot-flagged cargo ship, carrying some 6,500 tons of sand used to manufacture glass, sank near the Egyptian port of Safaga, about 450 km southeast of Cairo, said the sources.

    The ship was on the way from Suez to the United Arab Emirates when it went down in the sea due to bad weather, according to the state MENA news agency.

    A nearby ship managed to recover two bodies of the crew of the cargo, said the report.

    Some 13 crew members have been saved from the sea and rescue teams have been searching for the rest of the 11 missing crew.

    In February, 2006, the Al-Salam 98 ferryboat that carrying some 1,400 passengers caught fire and sank into the Red Sea en route from Saudi Arabian port of Dhaba to the Egyptian port of Safaga, killing some 1,034 people, most of them Egyptians.

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