Egyptian ferry sinks in Red Sea
A ferry carrying about 1,400 people, most of them Egyptians, has sunk in the Red Sea.
Fourteen bodies and 12 survivors have so far been pulled from the sea, Egyptian officials said.
The al-Salam Boccaccio-98 went down about 80km (50 miles) off the Egyptian coast during a journey from Duba in Saudi Arabia to Safaga.
Rescue boats and helicopters are searching the area, but are being hampered by poor weather.
The cause of the sinking is not known but there were high winds when it left Duba.
The ship was carrying 1,310 passengers and 96 Egyptian crew, Jan Maher, a spokesman for the ship's Egyptian company, el-Salam Maritime Transport, told the BBC.
Most of the passengers are Egyptians working in Saudi Arabia although some are thought to be pilgrims returning from Mecca.
There were about 100 people from other countries, including Saudis and Somalis, Capt Maher said.
"We don't know how many casualties there are or how the ship sank," he said.
The head of administration at el-Salam Maritime Transport, Adel Shukri, said he was not aware of any SOS from the crew.
Memo to Pat Robertson:
Please don't comment on this story... Please... If you could be reliably trusted to simply extend your Christian sympathies, it'd be okay. But you're too prone to get into a guessing game regarding "God's message" of such tragedies... And it's quite disgusting.
ARC: St Wendeler