36 rescued after tour boat capsizes in Red Sea off Egypt

36 rescued after tour boat capsizes in Red Sea off Egypt

Abu Dhabi media outlet The National News reports that all 36 passengers and crew of a sightseeing boat were safely rescued after their vessel capsized and sank in the Red Sea off Egypt on Wednesday, June 7.

The vessel, identified by the name New Dream, is believed to have struck some coral reefs off the Red Sea resort city of Marsa Alam, resulting in damage to its hull and the subsequent capsizing.

A Good Samaritan vessel diverted to the area after New Dream's crew broadcast a call for assistance. A livestream video was taken during the rescue and showed all 36 people on the tour boat being evacuated to safety as their own vessel gradually sank.

The survivors, which included 26 Polish tourists, were later transported to and offloaded at Marsa Alam. No injuries have been reported.

The incident involving New Dream is the second tour boat capsizing to occur in the Red Sea since April of this year, when a dive boat with 35 people on board capsized in those same waters. All passengers and crew who were on this other vessel also survived.

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