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Egyptian Fishermen Feared Drowned

April 5, 1998

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Seventeen Egyptian fishermen were feared dead after their boat sank amid a storm off Libya, the fishermen’s union said Saturday.

The Amir Abdel-Razek was trying to reach the Libyan coast amid high waves west of the Egyptian border when it sank, the union said.

A nearby fishing vessel saw the Amir as it went down, but could not reach the vessel due to the storm, the union said.

None of the Amir’s men was seen abandoning the ship, and the men have not been heard from since the accident.

The vessel sank on Thursday but the union first released news of the accident on Saturday.

Egyptian fishermen often cross into Libyan waters to work.

The union has appealed to Libya for permission to send five ships to search for the missing men.

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