2 found, 3 Egyptians still missing along with sunken boat

Ahram Online, Sunday 22 Dec 2013

One survivor and one washed up body have been found from among the five-member crew that disappeared as the Sea Queen sank Saturday, rescue efforts underway

Two of five missing passengers aboard a sunken Egyptian boat have been found, one of whom alive, a Border Guards official told Al-Ahram's Arabic news website on Sunday.

Egyptian boat Sea Queen had sunk without a trace off of Egypt's Red Sea coast late on Saturday while sailing to Suez from the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, as reported by Ahram.

The survivor, whose help was enlisted by the rescue team to guide them to the boat's sinking location, said he had swum during the night until he reached an offshore oil rig. 

The body of the second missing passenger has been washed ashore.

Ahram quoted boat owner Karim Fayed as saying he had lost contact with the sunken boat on Saturday evening while it journeyed for maintenance purposes with a five-member crew.

Rescue efforts by marine forces and the Border Guards remain underway in search of the missing vessel and passengers, an official told Ahram.

Strong air currents are believed to have drifted the passengers further afield.

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