The tour company that booked the trip said it believed the Britons decided to sleep in it instead of diving on the morning the fire broke out.
Thursday, June 15, 2023 16:45, UK
The two remaining Britons who died after a diving boat caught fire in the Red Sea have been named.
Scuba Travel said Stephen Hill and Paul Darling were killed along with charity worker Christina Quinn.
They were on board a medium-sized boat that suffered an electrical failure off the Egyptian town of Marsa Alam on Sunday morning.
The Briton was among 15 qualified divers booked to stay for a week.
A Scuba Travel spokesperson said they had decided to sleep over on the morning of the fire, but the rest of the group escaped while they were on deck for a press conference.
A nearby boat evacuated 12 divers, while the 14 crew had to abandon ship after unsuccessfully trying to reach three Britons.
Video shows several people on board jumping into the sea as fire and smoke engulfed the boat.
According to the initial inspection of the Egyptian authorities, an electrical short in the engine room caused the fire.
Christina Quinn, 58, was identified as the victim of Wednesday’s fire.
She served as chief executive of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, and had a long career in the NHS.
“She was a sister, daughter, wife, aunt, friend and companion to many. People will miss her beyond words,” a family statement said. know.
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The president of St Luke’s Trustee said Ms Quinn was “extremely passionate” about hospice and had worked there voluntarily for six years.
“We will miss Christina immensely,” a statement said.
Details about the ages and occupations of the other two Britons killed, Stephen Hill and Paul Darling, have yet to be released.