Thomas Cook evacuates 300 customers from Egyptian hotel as British couple die and more guests fall ill

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Thomas Cook evacuates 300 customers from Egyptian hotel as British couple die and more guests fall ill

Thomas Cook is removing around 300 holidaymakers from an Egyptian hotel after two British tourists died and a number of other guests fell ill.

The travel company took the decision to evacuate its remaining customers at the Red Sea resort "as a precaution" following the deaths of John and Susan Cooper.

The couple, from Burnley, Lancashire, were on holiday at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel in Hurghada with their daughter, Kelly Ormerod, and her three children when tragedy struck.

As the cause of their deaths is investigated, Mrs Ormerod reportedly told local officials she believes an alleged faulty air conditioning unit might have been involved in her parents falling ill. She said they were "fit and healthy" before their holiday.

Local officials insist the pair died of natural causes. But Thomas Cook said the hotel was being evacuated after it received reports of a "raised level of illness among guests".

It said 301 holidaymakers will have options for alternative hotels from Friday, when those wishing to go home will be flown back to Britain.

Source: Google News Egypt | Netizen 24 Egypt

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