Latest Red Sea Stories

2006-02-03 08:26:51

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. Some survivors were also brought ashore at the Egyptian port of Safaga, where the ferry had been scheduled to arrive at 2 a.m. (7 p.m. EST) on Friday morning, they added. A search and rescue plane spotted a lifeboat near where the...

2006-02-03 07:35:40

CAIRO (Reuters) - Rescue teams picked up dozens of dead bodies from an Egyptian ferry that disappeared with some 1,300 people on board on Friday, police sources said. "Dozens of bodies were picked up from the sea ... they were from the ferry," a police source at the port of Safaga said.

2006-02-03 06:24:15

CAIRO (Reuters) - A search and rescue plane spotted a lifeboat with passengers in the Red Sea on Friday near where an Egyptian ferry diappeared with about 1,300 passengers, an Egyptian health ministry official said. "One of the planes saw a lifeboat out at sea," said the official, who asked not to be named. He was speaking from the Red Sea port of Safaga, where the Al Salam 98 was meant to arrive from Saudi Arabia on Friday morning.

2006-02-03 06:04:20

CAIRO (Reuters) - Planes and boats searched the Red Sea on Friday for a ferry which disappeared with some 1,300 passengers between the Saudi port of Duba and the Egyptian port of Safaga, a shipping company official said. Coastal stations last had contact with the Al Salam 89 at about 10 p.m. on Thursday and did not receive any SOS message from the crew, official Adel Shukri said. "Search and rescue planes and boats are out looking for it and we're trying to get in touch with it,"...

2006-02-03 05:33:29

CAIRO (Reuters) - Coastal stations have lost contact with a ferry carrying some 1,310 mainly Egyptian passengers from the Saudi port of Jeddah to Safaga on Egypt's Red Sea coast, security sources said on Friday. The ferry should have reached Safaga at 2 a.m. local but did not arrive, they said. They named the ferry as the Al Salam 89, which has a gross tonnage of 6,650 tons and is owned by the Egyptian company el-Salam Maritime Transport. According to the company's Web site, the...

2006-01-31 04:09:46

CAIRO (Reuters) - Fourteen people from Hong Kong were killed and 30 injured on Tuesday when a tourist bus overturned on a bend in the Safaga-Hurghada road on Egypt's Red Sea coast, a security source said. The injured had been taken to hospital in Hurghada, said the source who declined to be named. Many Chinese are now traveling overseas during Lunar New Year holidays. Six Australians died in a similar crash earlier this month.

2005-10-28 08:43:48

By Ed Harris GELALO, Eritrea (Reuters) - Rising out of the shimmering heat of the Eritrean desert, the Hotel Gelalo offers tired, dusty tourists a refuge from the burning sun. But in one of Africa's hottest corners, where even camels huddle in the shade of small, leafless acacia trees, Eritrea's newest tourist project has greeted few visitors so far. "We expected to have more customers than this," said one staff member at the luxurious hotel, where only a handful of the 25 rooms...

2005-10-02 03:41:32

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel urged its citizens on Sunday to avoid vacationing in Egypt's Sinai resorts, citing intelligence warnings that they could be kidnapped by pro-Palestinian militants during Jewish holidays. Thousands of Israelis ignored a similar advisory last year ahead of suicide attacks on several Sinai resorts. Danny Arditi, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's top counter-terrorism adviser, said the latest warning was "really a pinpoint alert." "The target is the coastal area...

2005-09-29 08:09:13

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian police in the Sinai peninsula have shot dead two men suspected of organizing bombings which killed 67 people in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in July, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday. Khaled Musaid and Tulub Murdi Suleiman were killed on Wednesday night in an exchange of fire with police in the Mount

2005-09-28 10:57:25

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian police in the Sinai peninsula shot dead on Wednesday one of the men suspected in the bombings which killed 67 people in the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in July, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The suspect, Moussa Mohamed Salem Badran, born in 1978 and a resident of the North Sinai town of El Arish, had refused to surrender and opened fire on a group of policemen who tried to arrest him in the Mount Halal area, it said. Badran was one of four men...

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...

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.

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,...

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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