Two Spanish tourists were missing in the Red Sea on Thursday after their dive boat (Coral Princess) sank in rough water off the coast of Naama Bay.

Fourteen other Spanish tourists and seven Egyptian crew were rescued after the boat capsized and sank near Ras Mohamed. A naval boat was looking for the missing tourists, but had not spotted them more than five hours after the accident, the official said.

The privately-owned boat left the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh heading to Ras Mohamed, home to abundant coral reefs and the wreck of the Thistlegorm that is a popular dive site.

Egypt has seen several fatal accidents involving tourists this year. A shark killed a French tourist at a remote Red Sea dive site in June, and 10 Serbian tourists died a month later when their tour bus crashed near the coastal resort of Hurghada.

source: Reuters, Spiegel