Saturday, March 11, 2006

Ship Sinks Off Egyptian Coast

At least one Russian sailor has been killed and four have been injured after a Maltese-flagged cargo ship sank off the Egyptian coast, Reuters reported. The Teklivka container vessel sank in strong winds and high waves 75 miles from Port Said in northern Egypt, where it was heading from the Turkish port of Izmir. Most of its 16 crew members were Russians and Ukrainians. Only nine of them, including four Russians, were rescued and rushed to a hospital. Their health condition is now satisfactory, doctors say. The Captain of the ship, Petr Rodionov of Russia could not explain the cause of the sinking due to the employees of the employees of the Russian embassy in Egypt referring to that fact that he did not feel good. The Malta Maritime Authority said it was investigating the sinking of the Teklivka, which Lloyds Casualty Reporting identified as a 4,168 deadweight tonne general cargo ship. Its cargo was not known, Lloyds said in London.

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