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Three British victims killed after Egypt diving boat burst into flames named

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Two Britons who died after a diving boat burst into flames off the Egyptian coastline have been named. Stephen Hill and Paul Darling were killed, along with charity worker Christina Quinn, who had previously been identified, when their diving boat caught fire in the Red Sea. The Britons, who had decided to sleep in on the morning of the fire, were among 15 qualified divers booked for a week’s stay on the boat.

While the other 12 divers above deck managed to escape the flames, the three British nationals sleeping beneath were all killed, according to a spokesperson for Scuba Travel.



On the morning of the incident, only the three Britons had opted out of the briefing above deck when the fire broke out. 

The 14 additional crew members were forced to abandon ship after unsuccessfully trying to reach the three Britons.

Meanwhile, a nearby boat evacuated the 12 divers that had been present at the briefing. 

An electrical short circuit in the engine room started the fire, according to an initial examination by Egyptian authorities.


The three British tourists were on a week’s stay on the Hurricane yacht when the fire broke out around 8.30am local time (6.30am UK time) on Sunday.

It was anchored over the Elphinstone Reef in the Red Sea, near the town of Marsa Alam on the eastern Egyptian coast, when the disaster struck. 

Footage on social media appeared to show the boat almost entirely engulfed in flames and smoke, while crew members were seen diving into the water to escape the heat. 

Christina Quinn, 58, who was named on Wednesday, was described as a “rock to many” as tributes for the NHS worker appeared across social media.

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Ms Quinn was chief executive of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, and had a long career in the NHS.

A spokesperson for her family said on Wednesday: “It is with great sadness that we confirm the tragic death of Christina Quinn in Egypt.

“She was a sister, daughter, wife, aunty, friend, and rock to many. She will be missed beyond words.”

Details of the ages and professions of the other two Britons killed, Stephen Hill and Paul Darling, are yet to emerge.

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