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Reports: 14 people missing after cargo ship sinks

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  • Reports: 14 crew missing after ship capsizes in Egyptian waters
  • 9 survivors, 2 bodies recovered from Cypriot-flagged Ibn Battuta cargo ship
  • Vessel carrying 6,500 tons of sand for use in the glass industry
  • The ship had experienced bad weather in the Red Sea
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(CNN) -- Fourteen people were missing after a cargo ship sank Monday in Egyptian waters, Red Sea Gov. Majdi Al Qubaisi told Egyptian television.

Nine survivors and the bodies of two crew members aboard the Cypriot-flagged Ibn Battuta cargo ship were recovered in separate operations Monday, the Nile TV News Web site said. A rescue boat was headed out to retrieve a 10th survivor.

The survivors were "on their way to the naval base, and preparations had been taken to carry out a medical check as soon as they arrive," the Web site said, citing an unnamed Egyptian official.

The Ibn Battuta's crew members are of Indian, Pakistani, Bengali, Somali, Iraqi and Sudanese nationalities, Nile TV News said.

The Ibn Battuta was carrying 6,500 tons of sand for use in the glass industry and was on its way from the Port of Abu Zenima in Egypt to the United Arab Emirates, the TV station reported.

The ship had experienced bad weather in the Red Sea, with low visibility and high waves.

The commercial ship Susan K retrieved the two bodies, while the survivors were rescued by the boat Sultan and an aircraft from an Egyptian Search and Rescue team, Nile TV News said.

-- CNN's Caroline Faraj and Yousef Rafayah contributed to this report.

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