CAIRO: An Egyptian boat, carrying 14 fishermen, has capsized in the Red Sea off Sudan shores; head of the fishermen’s syndicate in Suez Bakry Abu el Hassan was quoted by Youm7 Saturday.
Only two of the 14 fishermen have survived and were able to swim all the way to the nearest Sudanese coast guard checkpoint to ask for help, said Abu el Hassan. However, the fate of the other 12 fishermen remains unknown.
“The boat departed Suez’s port of Attaka in the second week of January but it has experienced a technical failure after crashing into a coral reef. Anchor chain suddenly broke off while the fishermen were attempting to anchor in the middle of the Red Sea,” according to Abu el Hassan.
He called for the Egyptian foreign ministry to follow up the fishing boat situation.
Dozens of Egyptian fishermen die in territorial waters of neighboring countries while hundreds more are arrested each year as they take desperate measures to make a living.
In August, the Sudanese authorities released 14 fishermen from Egypt’s Delta governorate of Kafr al Sheikh who were detained for illegally fishing in Sudanese waters.