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Israeli-led coral reef sea expedition suspended after hitting reef near Egypt

The Fleur de Passion sails out of Eilat en route to Sudan, on July 20, 2021. (Marcos Schonholz)
The Fleur de Passion sails out of Eilat en route to Sudan, on July 20, 2021. (Marcos Schonholz)

A multinational team of marine scientists traveling from Eilat to Sudan is stranded in Egypt after hitting a reef.

The team set sail on Tuesday on board a ship originally built by the Nazis, kicking off a groundbreaking project to assess the health of corals throughout the Red Sea.

But the Red Sea Transnational Research Center says the mission has been suspended after the Fleur de Passion hit a reef early Wednesday morning. The ten people on board (four crew members and six scientists) were safely evacuated by the Egyptian Navy to Sharm el-Sheikh.

It is not immediately clear when they will be able to set sail again on the ship built in 1941, and they may need to charter a replacement vessel instead.

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