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Egyptian Ship Carrying 1,300 People Sinks In Red Sea

3 February 2006 -- An Egyptian cruise ship with 1,300 people on board sunk today in the Red Sea.

Egyptian maritime officials say the "Salaam 98" sank some 65 kilometers from the Egyptian port of Hurghada.

Officials say corpses as well as lifeboats with a handful of survivors have been spotted near where the 25-year-old vessel was last seen on radar screens.

Four Egyptian frigates have rushed to the scene in a bid to rescue survivors.

The ship set sail from the port of Dubah, in western Saudi Arabia, at 7 p.m. local time on 2 February. It was due to arrive at Egypt's southern port of Safaga this morning.

(AP, Reuters)