Last week we tried to get information from the El Gouna Divecenters if they were able to give an helping hand in the search and rescue operations after the ferry disaster in the Red Sea. Unfortunately, nobody reacted to our question. Why?
From divers in Hurghada we learned that Egyptian authorities did not give permission to private (diveclub) boats to assist in the operations, and this was checked by coast guard boats. But even 48 hours after the disaster still some survivors have been rescued by those few ships that were admitted to the scene.
In Egyptian media nearly no reports have been made about the riots in front of the ferry office in Safaga by worried family members who wanted to get at least some information about survivors and missing persons.
Around the Hurghada hospital so many cars are parked that police had to guide traffic around that area. When trying to take pictures of the hospital, one of our local correspondents was told by Egyptian civil police that no pictures were allowed to be taken.
In the meantime, family members of the about 800 missing persons are leaving the Safaga and Hurghada area again, often without any news about their relatives on the ferry boat. Once more, our deepest sympathy to the relatives of the nearly one thousand victims of this ferry disaster.