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Dec 14, 2014

14:17:36 GMT--Vehicle Accident - Africa - Egypt

EDIS Number: VI-20141214-46324-EGY

Date / time: 14/12/2014 14:13:31 [UTC]

Event: Vehicle Accident

Area: Africa

Country: Egypt

State/County: Gulf of Suez

Location: [Al-Matriya region]

Number of Deads: 11 person(s)

Number of Injured: 23 person(s)

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Heavy


Eleven fishermen were killed and 23 others are still missing after a passing cargo ship collided with a small boat in the Gulf of Suez early Sunday, according to Egyptian security and hospital officials. However, the head of the fishermen's syndicate, Bakri Abu Al-Hassan, told reporters that 18 fishermen were missing. "Rescue operations have been ongoing for hours. So far 11 have survived, some are in serious conditions. Eleven bodies of dead fishermen were taken, and now we are looking for 18 more," Abu Al-Hassan said. He added that a cargo ship which was coming from the Suez Canal hit the boat called "Badr" but escaped.. He said Badr had 40 fishermen on board, who hailed from Al-Matriya region, in the northeastern Al-Dakahlia province. However, the Associated Press reported officials as saying that there were 45 fishermen on Badr and 23 of them are still missing. Egyptian naval forces and other security and medical teams hurried to the shores of the town of Al-Tur, the capital of southern Sinai, to aid the fishermen. Officials say three boats in the area were helping to search for those missing. Egyptian officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief journalists.

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