Home | About Us | Contact Us | Site Map | Chinese
News | Biz | Pearl River Delta | Enjoy Life | Culture | Travelling | Pics | Cities & Towns | Gov Info | Specials
Home > News Brief > World
At least 48 die in sunken ship off Bahrain
Latest Updated by 2006-03-31 10:00:50
Related News
Milosevic dies of heart attack: UN tribunal
Military to transport bodies out of landslide site
British soldier quits army in Iraq over "illegal" US tactics
Human-to-human transmission of H5N1 highly unlikely, studies show
World News
At least 48 die in sunken ship off Bahrain
Israel election result marks uncertain shift
UNSC adopts statement on Iran nuclear program

At least 48 people died as a passenger ferry, carrying over 130 persons, sank in the Gulf off the coast of Bahrain on Thursday.

A Bahraini Interior Ministry official also announced at a news conference broadcast live on the al-Arabiya TV channel that 63 people were rescued alive, 12 of them sustaining injuries.

The ship capsized and then went down in the sea, said the official, adding that many of the victims were drowned.

Dozens of other people were still missing and rescue work was underway with the help of the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, which is based in Bahrain.

No fire or explosion was reported prior to the incident which occurred about 1 mile (1.6 km) off the main island of Bahrain, according to the official.

Earlier, a senior Bahraini official told the media that the ship carried employees of a Bahrain-based company on a evening cruise expected to last a couple of hours.

He said that he believed 25 British nationals, 20 Filipinos, 10 Egyptians and a number of Bahrainis were on board.

The exact number of people on board and their nationalities were not immediately clear.

The U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet dispatched divers, vessels and helicopters to help the rescue operation.

The cause of the incident was not immediately clear, but Bahraini officials suspected of technical problems, arguing that the weather condition was fine when the incident occurred.

Rescue work is believed to be difficult since it has already passed midnight in Bahrain with thick darkness on the sea.

Bahraini officials said that the kingdom had mobilized the ground, navy and air forces in the rescue operation and that all the hospitals were on high alert and exerting every effort to treat the injured.

The official Bahrain News Agency reported on its website that the coast guards received information on the incident around 9:45 p.m. (1845 GMT) and immediately carried out search and rescue work.

Bahrain is a wealthy Arab kingdom and a financial hub in the Gulf region. It is also a close ally with the United States, hosting the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet.

Thursday's incident came less than two months when an Egyptian passenger ferry sank in the Red Sea on Feb. 3, claiming the lives of some 1,000 people.

Editor: Yan

By: Source: China View website
Previous:    Next:

Zhao Yinghui wins Shooting World Cup

Expat Indians mark Holi, festival of color

[Group Photo]The Zhuxian Cave in Zhuhai

Las Vegas Sands Co. invests 2 bn USD in Hengqin Island

Zhang Ziyi, posing like a dancer
This site contains material from other media for content enrichment purpose only.
The website do not endorse such content and do not bear the joint responsibility of their copyright infringement.
The views expressed in written material posted to the bulletin boards of are those of the authors and/or publishers. The website does not endorse information products posted by organizations and individuals here. The originators of these information products are solely responsible for their content.
For copyright infringement issues, you shall contact within thirty (30) days. Email:
If you find any error in this page, please drag your mouse to mark the text with error, then press "CTRL" and "ENTER", to inform us. Thanks for your help!
Home  |  About Us  |   Contact Us  |  Site Map  |  Chinese
©2005 WWW.NEWSGD.COM. All rights reserved.registered number 020074 Terms of Use | Advertise | ICP Certificate No.B2-20050252
Guangdong Gov Link
Guangdong Gov Brief
State Structure
Guangdong in Brief
Laws & Regulations
Exchange Rate
Guangdong Guide
Museum Museum
University University
Eat Eat
Shopping Duting
Night Life Night Life
Weather Weather
Phone No. Phone Num
Consulate Consulate
Airport Airport
Travel Tips Tours Tips