The Salem Express was a 300-foot-long ship that struck a coral reef in the Red Sea and sank in 1991 taking with it a staggering 485 lives. Today, those diving the wreck talk about bad energy emanating from it despite the Egyptian Naval Divers stating that all the bodies were removed from the wreck.
The ship, captained by Hassan Moro, was traveling from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Safaga in Egypt across 450 miles of the sea when gale force winds forced it to slam across the Hyndman Reefs as this excerpt explains: "Based out of the Port of Safaga in Egypt, on the night of December 1991, it was returning from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia reportedly overloaded with pilgrims returning from their holy-Hajj-pilgrimage in Mecca. The captain, who was well experienced in the water of this region, chose an unauthorized shortcut between the mainland and the shallow Hyndman Reefs to reduce the journey time by an estimated two hours."
The result was the side of the ship ripped open allowing the water to rush in. The ship sank within 10-20 minutes taking the majority of the travelers to a watery grave. Only 180 people managed to survive the ordeal.
Per reports, only one lifeboat was lowered into the water: "The ship soon tilted to one side and panic reigned on the decks and inside the ship. Only one lifeboat was lowered into the sea. The speed with which the ship sank caused a large number of casualties. With the addition of the stormy night, the conditions for the worst scenario were created."
Despite the passage of time, the wreck has not been taken over by coral which is unusual. It also has a lot of items left behind by passengers such as luggage and other personal belongings.