By Kathryn Stone 2015-07-06 16:02:25
Thirty-seven people were rescued from a Ro-Ro cargo ship in the Red Sea on Sunday.
The 3,133 dwt Taba issued a distress call to the Safaga Naval base in Egypt after it started to sink. The Navy immediately dispatched rescue teams to the area early Sunday morning, recovering everyone onboard within a half-hour. Survivors were transported back to Safaga Port, where the vessel had disembarked.
According to Red Sea Ports Authority Spokesman, Abdel-Rehim Mostafa, the Taba became unstable because its truck cargo had been improperly balanced. The ship began to list heavily, due to an unequal distribution of weight, and subsequently sank.
No one was seriously injured, but nine passengers reported minor injuries including fractures and bruises. Among those rescued were thirty-five Egyptians as well as one citizen from the Sudan and Lebanon respectively.
The Taba was enroute to Saudi Arabia when it sunk.
Authorities have launched an investigation to determine the exact cause of the incident.