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Syrian cargo ship sinking in Red Sea off Egypt coast

Rescue efforts are underway by the Egyptian air force and privately owned ships after receiving a mayday call from a Syrian cargo ship sinking not far from the Red Sea resort town, Hurghada

Ahram Online, Saturday 3 Dec 2011

The Red Sea’s emergency office has just received a mayday call from a Syrian cargo ship that was heading from Suez to Somalia is currently sinking.

The ship, whose crew consists of 14 people, is going under 56 kilometres off the southern coast of Safaga City, according to an unnamed official.  

A helicopter was sent to the ship, which is named Amina, by the Cairo-based Search and Rescue Centre, affiliated to the Armed Forces.

Two ships near the sinking ship were also informed in order to offer help.

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