British couple die on Thomas Cook holiday in Egypt

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British couple die on Thomas Cook holiday in Egypt

A British couple have died on a Thomas Cook holiday in Egypt.

The couple, from Burnley, Lancashire, died during a stay at the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, according to the tour operator.

One was a long-serving Thomas Cook employee.

The circumstances of their deaths have not been revealed, but investigations by Egyptian authorities into what happened are continuing.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman said: “We are supporting the family of a British couple who died in Hurghada, Egypt, and we are in contact with the local tour operator.”

Ingo Burmester, chief of Thomas Cook UK, said: “We are deeply saddened by the deaths of two of our customers while on holiday in Hurghada in Egypt, one of whom was a loyal and long-serving member of our Thomas Cook family.

“Our focus is on fully supporting their loved ones. We are urgently investigating with the hotel and supporting the local authorities.”

The Independent has contacted the Egyptian embassy in London for comment.

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Thomas Cook advertises Hurghada, a key tourist site for Egypt, as a “cosmopolitan resort” that is “the capital of the Red Sea Riviera, where beautiful beaches, vibrant nightclubs and world-class diving destinations await”.

It was a fishing village before being developed for tourism.

Additional reporting by PA

Source: Google News Egypt | Netizen 24 Egypt

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