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17 missing in Egypt cargo ship sinking

Seventeen sailors are missing after a cargo ship sank off the Red Sea coast of Egypt on Monday, shortly after leaving port.

world Updated: Mar 09, 2009 16:11 IST

Seventeen sailors are missing after a cargo ship sank off the Red Sea coast of Egypt on Monday shortly after leaving port, a maritime official said.

Nine people were rescued when the 5,600-tonne Ibn al-Battuta went down in the sea off the port of Abu Dhunaima in the Safaga region of Egypt, a port official told AFP, adding that rescue operations were continuing for the missing crew.