Egypt cruise ship crash kills 3

2010-02-26 12:59

Cairo - A luxury cruise ship smashed into a pier during bad weather in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh on Friday, killing three sailors and injuring four tourists, maritime officials said.

Officials from the General Authority for Red Sea Ports said the sailors, an Indian, a Honduran and a Brazilian, died from the impact. They did not elaborate. The victims were earlier identified as two Indians and a Brazilian.

Officials said bad weather caused the crash.

The four tourists, three British women and an Italian man, were taken to hospital in stable condition.

The officials clarified that Costa Europa carried 1 400 passengers. They had earlier given a figure of 147 tourists.

The ship was pulling into the port at Sharm el-Sheikh after travelling from the Red Sea port town of Safaga when the accident occurred.

The tourists were taken to hotels while the ship was being repaired.

A website advertising trips on the Costa Europa offers 19-day tours, stopping at Dubai, Aden and several places in Egypt.