Tourists return early from Egyptian hotel where United Kingdom couple died

26 August, 2018, 20:12 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Thomas Cook Says ‘No Evidence’ Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Killed Egypt Holiday Couple

This follows earlier reports in British press that carbon monoxide poisoning was a possible factor in the death of John Cooper, 69, and wife Susan, 63, who became ill and died this week at the Steingenberger Aqua Magic Hotel in Hurghada, about 280 miles south of Cairo.

Janette Rawlingson, 43, from Chelmsford, Essex, who arrived at the hotel with her husband and two children on Tuesday, said Thomas Cook staff told guests at a meeting samples from the restaurant and swimming pool were being tested.

Others said Thomas Cook has not provided sufficient explanation for the evacuation arguing that other travel agencies have not taken such an extraordinary step.

Investigators from the local prosecutor's office have already examined both bodies and the couple's hotel room and found nothing abnormal, a judicial source said Friday.

Mr Ormerod, who had been on holiday with John and Susan, along with her children, said she believed "something suspicious" had happened to her parents.

Dr Maged Eledawy, the head of Hurghada Hospital, earlier said Mr Cooper died after suffering a heart attack before Susan died from grief.

Of the United Kingdom customers approximately 100, or half, made a decision to fly back while the others opted to stay in Hurghada but at a different hotel.

She said they were "fit and healthy" before their holiday and in "perfect health" just hours before being taken ill.

Ahmed Abdullah, the governor for the Red Sea province, backed this up in a statement: "Normal death..."

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"We are deeply saddened by the deaths of two of our customers, one of whom was a loyal and long-serving member of our family", they wrote.

"It was about 11am when I went to the bedroom.

We will be contacting those customers due to travel to the Steigenberger Hotel in Hurghada in the next four weeks to offer alternative holiday options". Mrs Cooper was taken to hospital after fainting and died there, it said.

He added: "The doctor's preliminary report indicates that death was due to natural causes".

Hotel general manager Dieter Geiger strongly denied "an increased incidence of illness" at the resort.

The Steingenberger Aqua Magic Hotel had an overall score of 96% on Thomas Cook.

"We are urgently investigating with the hotel and supporting the local authorities".

Revenues have improved in recent months, however, jumping 83 percent in the first quarter of 2018 to $2.2 billion (£1.7 billion).

Egypt's key tourism industry has been recovering from a devastating blow in 2015 when jihadists bombed a Russian airliner carrying holidaymakers from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing all 224 on board.


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