At least 12 dead in Red Sea crash between fishing boat, Panamanian ship
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CAIRO: Survivors of a boat crash that killed at least 12 fishermen in the Red Sea reported that their ship sank after a container ship hit them twice late Saturday, according to Youm7.

Four bodies and six survivors arrived in Tur Sinai Hospital early Sunday, as the accident took place in the waters of Gabal el-Zeit sea port between Ras Ghareb in the Red Sea governorate and Tur Sinai in South Sinai governorate east of Egypt.

Over 30 fishermen were on board the Badr al-Islam fishing boat, all of them are from Mataria in the Delta governorate of Dakahlia, the head of the Fishermen Syndicate in Suez Bakry Aboul Hassan told Youm7.

The boat was on its way back to the city of Suez after 30 days at sea when a large commercial ship crashed into it, a member of the Fishermen Syndicate told Youm7.

For his part, spokesperson of the Red Sea Ports Authority Abdel-Raheem told Youm7 that a Panamanian ship with 220,000 tons of weight hit was responsible and has been stopped at Safaga seaport a few kilometer to the south of the accident’s location.

The family of each deceased victim will receive 5,000 EGP ($690) and each injured victims will receive 1,000 EGP ($130) from the government, director of South Sinai’s social affairs department stated to the press Sunday.

The navy forces are still exerting rescue efforts; meanwhile, the families of the fishermen in Mataria have gathered on a main road to follow up together with news about their relatives, according to Youm7.

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