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Red Sea: Egyptian ferry catches fire

Passengers escape on lifeboats as fire breaks out on a ferryboat carrying some 1,230 people from Jordanian Red Sea port to Egypt. One man dies after jumping ship

An Egyptian citizen was killed after jumping ship after a fire broke out on a ferry carrying some 1,230 passengers from the Jordan's Red Sea port of Aqaba to Egypt on Thursday, a maritime official said. Other passengers were forced to escape on lifeboats. 


Israeli emergency teams prepared to assist the rescue efforts.  


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The official from Egypt's Red Sea ports authority said there was extensive damage to the ferry.


Egyptian state television said Egyptian naval launches and military aircraft were involved in the rescue effort. It said more than 800 people had already been transferred to the Egyptian port of Nuweiba.


Egyptian Transport Minister Ali Zain el-Abdin told state television he was awaiting confirmation that the remaining 400 or so passengers had been safely transferred.


The fire erupted on the Pella, owned by Arab Bridge Maritime Company (AB Maritime), about 15 nautical miles from Aqaba, the official said, adding that another vessel was sent from Aqaba to help. The ferry was also carrying five trucks.


The official said the passengers were mainly Egyptian expatriate workers returning home from neighbouring states.


AB Maritime, founded in November 1985, is a joint venture between the governments of Jordan, Egypt and Iraq. It has paid-up capital of $66 million.


Ezra Arbeli, Reuters, AFP contributed to the report




פרסום ראשון: 11.03.11, 11:24
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