The head of the Egyptian Maritime Authority is telling the Associated Press that both survivors and bodies from the missing Salaam 98 cruise ship have been found . A police source tells Reuters that "dozens of bodies were picked up from the sea," but AP's current report does not go that far. AFP is reporting numbers similar to AP, and CNN at the moment source matching figures to Egyptian state television
Various reports have also mentioned the possibility of bad Red Sea weather at the time of the ship's disappearance. In an interview on CNN, the Egyptian transportation minister said the weather was poor and "the sea was very high."
An Al-Jazeera points out that a sister ship, the "Al-Salam 95" sank in October after a Red Sea collision. Coverage by AFP and Britian's Guardian newspaper from the time note how only two people died out of nearly 1,500 on board. AFP adds more background: "In 1991, close to 500 people perished when another Salam Express ferry boat sunk in the Red Sea. A probe said the accident was caused by a navigation error on the part of the captain," reports USA Today.
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