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2006-02-04 09:12:04

By Tom Perry SAFAGA, Egypt (Reuters) - Survivors of the Red Sea ferry disaster said on Saturday the Egyptian captain had fled his burning ship by lifeboat and abandoned them to their fate, as hopes faded of finding some 800 missing people. Some passengers, plucked alive from the sea or from boats after the ferry caught fire and sank early on Friday, said crew members had told them not to worry about the blaze below deck and even ordered them to take off lifejackets. An official at...

2006-02-04 06:15:00

By Tom Perry SAFAGA, Egypt -- Hopes faded on Saturday of finding 800 people missing from an Egyptian ferry which caught fire and sank in the Red Sea in the early hours of Friday. Survivors told of crew keeping lifejackets from passengers and of taking to lifeboats and abandoning passengers to their fate. Despite fire below deck, the listing ship had continued sailing out to sea for hours before disaster struck, they said. Rescuers have pulled 389 survivors and at least 195 bodies from...

2006-02-03 23:03:41

By Tom Perry SAFAGA, Egypt (Reuters) - Hopes of finding nearly 900 missing people after an Egyptian ferry sank in the Red Sea faded on Saturday as the search for them entered a second day. Rescuers have already found at least 185 bodies and pulled 314 survivors from the waters near where the 35-year-old ferry Al Salam 98 sank on its journey to Safaga from Duba in northwest Saudi Arabia, one official said. The ferry was carrying 1,272 passengers, mainly Egyptians, and 100 crew when...

2006-02-03 17:05:44

By Tom Perry SAFAGA, Egypt (Reuters) - Three hundred people were rescued after a ferry carrying 1,300 passengers sank overnight in the Red Sea, but hope was fading on Friday of finding other survivors. Rescuers have pulled at least 185 bodies from the sea between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, said a senior police official in the Egyptian port of Safaga, the center for the operation. "There aren't expected to be many survivors, because it's been so long since the ship went down," a source...

2006-02-03 15:04:25

By Tom Perry SAFAGA, Egypt (Reuters) - Two hundred and ninety people were rescued after a ferry carrying 1,300 passengers sank overnight in the Red Sea between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, but hope was fading on Friday for finding other survivors. Rescuers had already pulled at least 185 bodies from the water, a senior police official in the Egyptian port of Safaga, the center for an operation led by the Egyptian navy, said. As darkness fell, search boats were still bringing the dead and...

2006-02-03 14:33:23

By Tom Perry SAFAGA, Egypt (Reuters) - Hundreds of Egyptian men crowded around the entrance to Safaga port on Friday, weeping and angry as they awaited news of relatives missing on a ferry which sank overnight in the Red Sea. "They are not telling us anything," Gadir Mohammed shouted. "Where are the corpses? Where are they taking the survivors?" One man wept on another's shoulder and people around him tried to comfort him. "God willing, he'll come. God willing, he'll come," one of...

2006-02-03 13:48:22

By Tom Perry SAFAGA, Egypt (Reuters) - A ferry carrying nearly 1,300 passengers, mainly Egyptians, sank in the Red Sea overnight between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, and rescuers pulled at least 45 dead bodies from the water, officials said on Friday. Rescuers also plucked 185 survivors out of the sea, shipping company executive Mamdouh Radi told Nile News television. As darkness fell, search and rescue boats were still bringing the dead and survivors back toward the Egyptian port of...

2006-02-03 13:39:49

By Tom Perry SAFAGA, Egypt (Reuters) - A ferry carrying nearly 1,300 passengers, mainly Egyptians, sank in the Red Sea overnight between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, and rescuers pulled at least 45 dead bodies from the water, officials said on Friday. Rescuers also plucked 185 survivors out of the sea, shipping company executive Mamdouh Radi told Nile News television. As darkness fell, search and rescue boats were still bringing the dead and survivors back toward the Egyptian port of...

2006-02-03 10:06:57

By Jonathan Wright CAIRO (Reuters) - A ferry carrying 1,272 passengers sank in the Red Sea overnight on a trip from Saudi Arabia to Egypt, and search and rescue teams retrieved dozens of dead bodies from the water, official sources said on Friday. Egyptian state television quoted naval sources as saying rescue teams had also picked up 100 survivors but other official sources gave numbers between 14 and 20 for those found alive. At least 12 survivors were brought ashore at the...

2006-02-03 08:36:32

By Jonathan Wright CAIRO (Reuters) - A ferry carrying 1,300 passengers sank in the Red Sea overnight on a trip from Saudi Arabia to Egypt, and search and rescue teams picked up dozens of dead bodies from the water, official sources said on Friday. At least 12 survivors were brought ashore at the Egyptian port of Safaga, where the 35-year-old ferry was meant to arrive at 2 a.m. (7 p.m. EST) on Friday morning, they said. A search and rescue plane also spotted a lifeboat near where the...


Latest Red Sea Reference Libraries

Jabal al-Tair Island
2014-04-10 11:56:15

Jabal al-Tair Island, known by many other names including Tair Island and Jebel Teir, is a volcanic island that is located in the Red Sea and is under the jurisdiction of Yemen. It reaches an elevation of 801 feet and is about 1.9 miles in length. The island is comprised of Jabal al-Tair, a stratovolcano that was considered extinct in 1982, although it erupted in 2007. In 1900, the British Admiralty described the volcano as having a steep, conical shape, making it a good landmark for ships...

Zubair Group
2014-04-10 10:08:46

Zubair Group, also known as Zubayr Group or Al Zubair Group, is a chain of volcanic islands belonging to Yemen that are located on top of a shield volcano in the Red Sea. Zubair Group The largest island, known as Zubair, is among the youngest islands, which also include Saba, Saddle, and Haycock. The shield volcano underneath the islands began a period of eruptions and eventually quieted down, followed by a period of explosive and effusive eruptions that formed the islands that are present...

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2007-12-18 14:34:45

The Silver Moony (Monodactylus argenteus), is a perciform fish found in the Red Sea and East Africa to Samoa, North to the Yaeyamas, south to New Caledonia and Australia. This fish is often kept in brackish water aquaria. Silver moony has a silver body in a triangular shape. They have big eyes and crossed with a dark ray. Its fins are silver with yellow reflection.

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2007-04-19 05:56:14

The Bluespotted ribbontail ray, Taeniura lymma, is a stingray of the family Dasyatidae, found around coral reefs in the tropical Indo-West Pacific from the Red Sea and East Africa to the Solomon Islands north to southern Japan and south to northern Australia, between latitudes 32° N and 30° S. The bluespotted ribbontail ray is a colorful stingray with large bright blue spots on an oval, elongated disc and with blue longitudinal stripes on the tail. The snout is rounded and angular,...

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2007-04-05 00:11:48

The Spotted garden-eel, Heteroconger hassi, is a conger of the family Congridae, found in Indo-Pacific oceans from the Red Sea and East Africa to the Society Islands, north to the Ryukyu and Ogasawara islands, south to northwestern Australia and New Caledonia, and throughout Micronesia, at depths of between 22.97 and 147.64 ft (7 and 45 m). Length is up to 15.75 in (40 cm), and the body diameter is up to about .55 in (14 mm). The markings on the spotted garden-eel are variable but usually...

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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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