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2/3/06-Cairo, Egypt

Ferry Sinks In Red Sea

An extensive rescue operation is under way in the Red Sea, after an Egyptian passenger ferry sank with more than 1,400 people on board.

There have been reports of bodies sighted in the water, but the Egyptian Transport Minister says there are survivors. There are reports of at least 12 survivors, but 15 bodies recovered from the water.

The ship was en route from western Saudi Arabia, to southern Egypt when it vanished from radar screens. An Egyptian transportation official said the seas were high and the weather was bad at the time communications with the vessel were lost.

 It was not immediately clear what caused the ferry to sink.

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