A thousand people still missing in a shark-infested sea, an official death toll of 185, and much anger on the streets of Egypt mingled with the grief.
Nearly 400 people were saved from the Duba-Safaga ferry, but for some of them that was no thanks to the crew;
“No-one told us the fire was serious; they told us ‘don’t cause a panic by putting your lifejackets on’, and then the crew disappeared”, said one survivor.
The captain and many of his officers and crew are among those lost at sea, but 48 hours after what looks like becoming one of the worst-ever maritime disasters, relatives who had been kept waiting in Safaga for hours with no news clashed with riot police drafted in from Cairo.
President Hosni Mubarak also came from the capital to visit the injured in hospital, and has heard criticism about poor organisation and communication during the rescue operation.
He has promised state compensation for victims and their families, and a full inquiry.