Egypt affirms full commitment to announce British couple investigation results



Thu, 30 Aug 2018 - 04:15 GMT


Thu, 30 Aug 2018 - 04:15 GMT

John, Susan Cooper at a resort in Hurghada- Facebook page of Red Sea governorate

John, Susan Cooper at a resort in Hurghada- Facebook page of Red Sea governorate

CAIRO – 30 August 2018: Egypt’s government affirmed its full commitment to announce the results of the British couple death’s investigation. The couple passed away in Hurghada last week during their stay in Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel.

During a meeting held between Egypt’s Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, and Minister of Tourism Rania al-Mashat and Thomas Cook Group Chief Executive Peter Fankhauser, the tragic deaths of John and Susan Cooper were discussed, as both sides affirmed their commitment and earnestness to the investigation.

In a statement issued by Thomas Cook Travel Company, it was stated that Fankhauser reiterated his personal commitment, and the commitment of everyone at Thomas Cook, to get to the bottom of what went wrong.

“It was a constructive discussion and the Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism gave their reassurance that they are doing all that they can to ensure the investigation is thorough, transparent and provides the answers we need as swiftly as possible,” The statement stated.

Fankhauser also met with British Ambassador to Egypt, John Casson, and Deputy Head of Mission, Helen Winterton, to discuss their continued cooperation to assist the Cooper family and work with the Egyptian authorities to support UK tourists in Egypt.

“We will continue to speak to the Egyptian authorities and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to ensure that we work together and priorities the very best interests of the Cooper family. The wellbeing of our customers in Egypt remains of paramount importance,” Thomas Cook affirmed in its statement.

On Aug. 24, Egypt’s Red Sea governorate said that John and Susan Cooper died at different times in Hurghada as a result of circulatory collapse.

According to the governorate’s statement, John, 69, died inside his room in the hotel on 21 Aug. morning. The statement added that preliminary medical reports revealed that he died of a circulatory collapse and cardiac arrest. John’s body was moved to the Hurghada General Hospital.

Conducting a medical report, a Health Ministry medical inspector denied the presence of any criminal activity concerning the death of John, the statement added.

Susan, 64 and the victim’s wife, fainted and was then moved at 4 p.m. on the same day to Aseel Medical Care Hospital in the Red Sea city of Hurghada, according to the statement.

A Cardiopulmonary resuscitation had been carried out for 30 minutes, according to the statement, before Susan lost her life at 5:12 p.m. Susan’s body was also moved to Hurghada General Hospital.

The medical inspector also denied the presence of any criminal activity concerning Susan’s death, adding that Susan died of a circulatory collapse. Further examination of the two bodies has been ordered, the statement added.

Egypt's Tourism Ministry follows up on British couple case

CAIRO - 24 August 2018: A team from the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism was formed to follow up on the death of a British couple who lost their lives in a Hurghada hotel in the Red Sea governorate due to "natural causes."



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