Seventeen sailors remain missing after a cargo ship capsized in the Red Sea on Monday.

The 5,600t vessel, containing a shipment of silicon, went down in Egyptian waters with at least 20 people on board.

Nine people were rescued from the sunken Ibn-al-Battuta about 35 nautical miles off the coast of Safaga port.

According to media reports, the crew was a mix of Sudanese, Indian and Pakistan nationals.

By Natalie Coomber