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Egyptian ferry fire causes 1 death, injures several

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Firefighting teams try to put out fire that broke out on board an Egyptian-bound ferry, in Aqaba, Jordan, on Nov. 3, 2011. One passenger died and 12 others were injured in a fire that broke out on the Egypt-bound ferry, the Jordanian Civil Defence Department said. The ferry was en route to the port of Nuweiba from the Jordanian Red Sea port of Aqaba. The fire broke out when the boat was 17 nautical miles from the Jordanian Red Sea port of Aqaba, according to officials. Firefighting teams were still struggling to extinguish the fire.

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Jordanian civil defense personnel help transport an Egyptian passenger, who sustained injuries when a fire broke out on a ferry, upon his arrival at the Port of Aqaba, 217 miles south of Amman on Nov. 3, 2011. Passengers escaped on lifeboats when a fire broke out on the ferry carrying more than 1,200 people from the Jordanian Red Sea port of Aqaba to Egypt on Thursday, Egyptian officials said.

AP Reports:

As flames rose up into the sky, a Jordanian rescue ship reached the stricken vessel, the Pella, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) off the coast of Jordan, said an Egyptian port official.

The rescuers managed to extinguish the blaze but an unidentified Jordanian man died after jumping into the water and fatally injuring himself, al-Sharaa said. The cause of the injury was not immediately known, he added. Read the full story.