CAIRO: The bodies of Egyptian fishermen whose boat sank off Sudanese coast are lost at sea, Egyptian and Sudanese militaries confirmed Sunday.
A boat carrying 14 fishermen sank Saturday in Sudanese territorial waters; only two survived.
The Egyptian military sent early Sunday a frigate with a helicopter to comb the island where the boat sank, but the search found no bodies or boat wreckage, said Egyptian military spokesperson Mohamed Samir in a statement Sunday evening.
The boat departed from the Suez port of Attaka in the second week of January, but “was trapped near al-Saba’at area in the Sudanese territorial waters after being swept away by strong winds,” according to Bakry Abu el Hassan, the head of the fishermen’s syndicate in Suez.
Dozens of Egyptian fishermen die in territorial waters of neighboring countries while hundreds more are being arrested each year.
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