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Egyptian Ship Carrying At Least 1,300 People Sinks in Red Sea


Egyptian officials say 100 survivors have been rescued and dozens of bodies retrieved after a ferry sank overnight in the Red Sea.

The boat was carrying at least 1,300 passengers, most of them Egyptian.

Officials say the ship disappeared from radar screens shortly after sailing from the port of Dubah in western Saudi Arabia late Thursday. They say the passenger ferry was to have arrived at Egypt's southern port of Safaga early today-Friday, but did not make it there.

Four Egyptian rescue ships reached the area on Friday. Britain has diverted a warship, the HMS Bulwark, to the scene.

It was not immediately clear what caused the vessel to sink. Officials say severe weather and high seas could have been a factor.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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