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Photos: Cargo ship sinks in Egypt's Red Sea, passengers saved

The ship, which was carrying cargo as well as trucks, sank because the trucks were parked mainly on one side, which caused the ship to tilt and start sinking

Ahram Online , Sunday 5 Jul 2015
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Egyptian-flagged ship goes down in the red sea off the Egyptian eastern coast, Sunday, July 5, 2015 (Photo: Egyptian military spokesperson)
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A cargo ship sunk on Sunday in Egypt's Red Sea, shortly after departing Safaga Port on its way to Saudi Arabia. Naval forces managed to save all 37 crew and passengers onboard the ship, a Red Sea Ports spokesman told state news agency MENA.

The ship, named Taba and carrying cargo as well as trucks, sank because the trucks were parked mainly on one side, which caused the ship to tilt and start sinking, spokesman Abdel-Rehim Mostafa stated.

Mostafa added that the crew sent SOS signals to the naval base in Safaga port and rescue ships were immediately dispatched to help the stranded passengers and crew.

No one was injured.

In December 2014, a collision between an Egyptian fishing boat and a Jeddah-bound Kuwaiti container ship in the Red Sea resulted in the death of 25.

In February 2006, the country witnessed one of its worst naval disasters, when the Egyptian El-Salam 98 ferry, heading from Saudi Arabia to Egypt, sank, killing at least 1000 people.

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Elliott Oppenheim
05-07-2015 10:01pm
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Parking Ticket?
I was wondering if these guys get a collossal parking ticket? This can't be the first vessel they have loaded... or maybe it was.
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Aladdin, ALex
05-07-2015 03:57pm
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We Deserve That
It show the level of knowledge and education of the onboard crew and the onshore government employees to allow such accident. Send them to training seminars or to schools.
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Sam Enslow
05-07-2015 04:52pm
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Education and traing have nothing to do with getting a job.
I know several graduates of the Marine Academy. apply for a job and be asked,'Who is your father?' You might get a job if you pay the one hiring about six months' wages in advance and are willing to work three to six months without pay. Of course, if you agree to that expect to be fired just prior to the time you should start getting paid. This is a common practice in many sectors of Egypt's economy. Merit means nothing, but bribes count a little.
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UmAli
05-07-2015 02:08pm
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Single-sided metaphor
A ship sank because all the weight was single-sided. Likewise a state fails if it is single-sided with Army-only government!
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Aladdin, ALx
05-07-2015 12:54pm
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Barakah
Like everything done in Egypt is by Barakah or guessing by ignorant people.
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