Egyptian Ferry Disaster The Sinking of the 'Al Salam Boccaccio 98'

In one of the largest ferry disasters in recent years, around 1,000 people died after an Egyptian ship sank on Friday. Angry relatives have since attacked government officials and the offices of the company which owns the ship.
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Survivors wrap themselves in blankets as they arrive at the Egyptian resort of Hurghada on Saturday.

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The Egyptian ferry "Al Salam Boccaccio 98" sank around 90 kilometers from its destination, the Egyptian port of Safaga.

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Relatives of the passangers gathered at the port to await news about survivors.

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A sister ship of the Al Salam Boccaccio 98. Officials say the ship went down some 57 nautical miles east of the Egyptian coastal city of Hurghada.

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Four ships from the same fleet that the "Salam 98" belonged to. The offices of Al Salam Maritime, owners of the sunken ship, were attacked by angry relatives of the passengers on Monday morning.

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The Al Salam Boccaccio 98 in the Suez Canal in 1999.

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It is possible to see the tailboard on the ship's stern. A fire is reported to have broken out on board the ship. The attempts to quell the fire may have caused the decks to flood and the ship to list before sinking.

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A recent picture of the "Salam 98" at the Safaga docks in Egypt.

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A travel agency's advertisement includes a photograph of the sunken ship.

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Egyptian police stand guard in front of Safaga's main port gates on the day of the disaster. An angry crowd broke through the police barrier on Saturday demanding more information on who had drowned and who had survived.

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