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It has not been a good few weeks for dive boats in Egypt – first the Carlton Queen liveaboard capsized, and now dayboat Sea Flower has run aground off the Sinai Peninsula.

Diver Nick Bailey was on the boat with a group of other Brits and guests from around the world when the accident happened yesterday (Wednesday 17 May). Apparently, it was foggy conditions, the boat ran aground on a reef, and everyone on board was recovered after two hours trying to extricate the vessel from its predicament.

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The divers being recovered from the Sea Flower
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Jude Bradley
Jude Bradley
1 year ago

Not a good year in the Philippines either. A liveaboard M\V Dreamkeeper sank on April 30 enroute to Palawan. 28 recovered safely with 4 still missing including the owner.

Marnie
Marnie
1 year ago

Yet another boat gone aground.
Was the sun blinding the skipper like it did on Whirlwind?
Was the crews priority to get a sheet and cover the boat name or did they look after the guests fist?

Nick Bailey
Nick Bailey
1 year ago
Reply to  Marnie

Please read the article! It was foggy and the sun was not in the skipper’s eyes

Adel Abdelwahab
Adel Abdelwahab
11 months ago

Question : How come all other boats made it safe ?! . That means their is a problem with the captain or the navigation equipment on board .

Openwater
Openwater
11 months ago

And by navigation equipment, you’re meaning Google maps on the captains smartphone? In 99% of all Egypt boats, that’s the most sophisticated device they have.

Adel Abdelwahab
Adel Abdelwahab
11 months ago
Reply to  Openwater

HAHAHA ! Just correcting your information , to get liveaboard licensed for safari you must have GPS Installed in board . But you are right regarding daily use boats its 99.9% to be more accurate . My boat seem to be the only one with GPS And fish finder .

HMM
HMM
11 months ago

You are also supposed to have a working safety escape hatch in the front cabin of our live aboard but my dive buddy couldn’t find it when our boat capsized in the Red Sea on the 24th April

Markus
Markus
11 months ago

Bitte mal eines für die Zukunft.
Geborgen werden nur Leichen.
Überlebende werden gerettet.

cleopatra
cleopatra
11 months ago

With the explosion also on a dive boat in Port Ghalib today, this is not a good time for Egypt or the Red Sea.Very sad but maybe time that Egyptians improved their Health and Safety regulations over all. They can be remarkably sloppy at times in relation to the value of human life.

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Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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