As investigation on the suspicious death of eldery couple in Hurghada’s Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel is ongoing the British press is speculating on the idea that John and Susan Cooper was killed by the gas of unknown origin in their hotel room. Brits somewhat obsessed by the idea of poisonous gases. I will not wonder once yellow press will find the ‘Novichok’ connection.
However the preliminary results of the Egyptian investigations are also unconvincing. ‘Natural causes’ of the pensioners death seems to be unlikely answer. The formal autopsy is still to be done. It is not know should the toxicological investigation will be done.
Meanwhile Dr Rania Al-Mashat,Egypt’s Minister of Tourism officially stated that Egypt is concerned and will do it’s best to find the answer:
Everyone in Egypt is extremely saddened at the deaths of British holidaymakers John and Susan Cooper in Hurghada and our thoughts and prayers are with their family at this extremely difficult time. Initial medical reports indicate that the two died from natural causes but we wait formal autopsy results in the days ahead.
We will take every precaution to make sure other tourists are safe and a senior working group will shortly conduct a detailed investigation to eliminate any other possible concerns about the health and well-being of other holidaymakers in the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel.
As a precautionary measure, Thomas Cook gave an option to the rest of its customers staying at the hotel to return home to the UK or to stay in alternative accommodation in Hurghada.
Most have decided to continue with their holidays in Hurghada. Further updates will be provided as and when any new information is available.
It is not the first time the foreign tourist dies in mysterious circumstances. Some time ago an eldery woman from Britain has died ‘of panic attack’ in her own hotel room.
British tourists are the most important growth driver for the Egyptian tourism in absence of Russians. Reservations are doubled year-to-year as Brits turn to the African shore from their beloved Sharm el-Sheikh. British tabloids, however, do their best to induce fear and lower the popularity of Hurghada and Marsa Alam.