| 20 April 2024, Saturday |

Three British tourists missing after fire on boat in Red Sea

A motor boat caught fire on Sunday off the Red Sea coast of Egypt, according to Egyptian officials and security sources, leaving three British visitors missing and saving 12 others.

According to a statement from the governor’s office of the Red Sea State and two security sources, the survivors and 12 Egyptian crew members and guides were taken to safety at the adjacent diving resort of Marsa Shagra, located some 21 kilometers (13 miles) north of the town of Marsa Alam.

The fire was caused by an electrical short circuit on the boat, which was named Hurricane and had been on a trip since June 6 in an area just north of Marsa Alam, the statement said.

Images posted on social media showed a white motor yacht with the same name on fire at sea, with thick smoke billowing into the sky.

“We saw smoke from the boat, it was around 9km from the beach,” said Ahmed Maher, a diving manager at Marsa Shagra village. “A nearby boat rescued them and dropped them off.”

Britain’s Foreign Office said it was in contact with local authorities about the incident and supporting nationals involved.

  • Reuters