Lives Lost In Ferry Sinking

2-3-06- Egyptian officials say crews have pulled over 150 bodies from the Red Sea, with more than 1,000 still thought to be missing after a ferry sunk early Friday morning.

The ferry was coming from Saudi Arabia heading to Egypt. Coast Guard rescue ships have been searching for survivors since the ferry went down. About 260 people escaped on lifeboats. A presidential spokesman says there were not enough lifeboats on the ferry. About 1,400 passengers and a crew of 98 were on board. The ferry was carrying about 220 vehicles.

Egyptian maritime officials say the ship was carrying less than maximum capacity, and had recently passed safety tests for seaworthiness, but the swift sinking and an apparent lack of lifeboats have caused concern among officials that the vessel was in violation of safety requirements.


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