British couple die in Egypt Red Sea resort of Hurghada, Report

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British couple die in Egypt Red Sea resort of Hurghada, Report
British couple die in Egypt Red Sea resort of Hurghada, Report
British couple die in Egypt Red Sea resort of Hurghada, Report
British couple die in Egypt Red Sea resort of Hurghada, Report

A British couple who died on a Thomas Cook holiday in Egypt have been named as John and Susan Cooper.

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

Ms Cooper was a long-serving Thomas Cook employee and worked at the company’s Burnley branch, which was closed on Thursday.

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The couple had been staying at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel in the coastal resort.

The circumstances of their deaths have not been officially 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.”

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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.”

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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.

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