CAIRO: An Egyptian fisherman, one of 12 missing whose boat sank off Sudanese territorial waters Saturday, was reported survived, Youm7 reported Monday.
Reda Anwar’s wife said that her husband phoned call her from Sudan, assuring her that he was in good condition; this morning the military announced that the rest of the fishermen have been presumed lost at sea.
Anwar is receiving medical treatment in a Sudanese hospital after he swam to shore, his wife added.
A boat, called Zeinyt al-Bahr, carrying 14 fishermen sank Saturday in Sudanese territorial waters; only two survived. After combing the island water where the boat sank, Egyptian and Sudanese militaries confirmed they did not found survivors or dead bodies for the fishermen.
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.
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. Despite the Foreign Ministry’s warnings against illegal fishing there, hundreds of Egyptian fishermen were arrested or died.