Thursday, November 03, 2005

One Missing, 30 Hurt In Ship Fire Near Egypt Port

Thirty people were injured and one crew member was missing after a fire on a passenger ship near the Egyptian port of Hurghada, a source at the Red Sea Port Authority said today. The 'Al Kafeen', sailing under a Panamanian flag, was returning with 57 crew from Hurghada to the Saudi port of Jeddah when a fire started in the engine room, the source said. No passengers were on board at the time. Three weeks ago, at least one person was killed and more than 35 were injured in a collision between a cargo ship and a ship carrying about 1 250 Muslim pilgrims from Saudi Arabia in the Gulf of Suez.

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