17 Egyptian and Malaysian holidaymakers rescued after boats sinks off Egypt's Red Sea coast

Ahram Online , Thursday 7 Sep 2017

A photo of Malaysians rescued after their boat sank off Egypt's Red Sea coast, Thursday, September 7, 2017 (Photo: Egyptian military spokesman)

Egypt's naval forces rescued a group of 17 Malaysian and Egyptian holiday-goers after their yacht sank in the Red Sea off Egypt's coast on Thursday, the military said in a statement.

The tourist boat sank 35 miles southeast of the Red Sea coastal town of Safaga due to bad weather conditions, military spokesman Tamer El-Refaie said.

Those rescued comprised nine Malaysians and eight Egyptians, though a search is still ongoing for one missing Egyptian, the spokesman added.

Rescue teams were dispatched from a naval Red Sea base after receiving an SOS message saying the boat had broken down and was sinking.

Medical and administrative assistance has been provided to those rescued, all of whom are in good condition, the spokesman said.

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