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Who was Christina Quinn? Egypt boat fire victim

BY Anas Shah Jun 15, 2023. 01:42 am

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For the first time, one of the victims of Egypt’s tragic boat fire has been photographed.

Christina Quinn, 58, was one of three British people who drowned in the Red Sea after missing an evacuation on Sunday.

Christina Quinn

The vessel was engulfed in flames, and black smoke billowed into the sky.

Egyptian emergency services launched a mass rescue operation, rescuing 26 people, including twelve Britons.

Christina, one of the three victims, was the chief executive of St Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth, Devon.

A spokesperson for Ms Quinn’s family said she would be “missed beyond words” in a tribute.

In a statement, they said: “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. We would ask for privacy at this time.”

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Charles Hackett, Chair of St Luke’s Trustees, said: “Christina was incredibly passionate about St Luke’s and its place at the heart of the community it serves, and we are devastated to lose her warmth, wisdom and leadership.

“With her vibrant and engaging personality and her down-to-earth, caring nature, as CEO she was quickly building strong and meaningful relationships both inside the outside the organisation.

“We will miss Christina enormously and our hearts go out to her family and close friends at this tragic time.”

The horrifying incident occurred on Sunday when a tourist vessel on its way to a diving trip caught fire.

Rescue services were immediately notified of the fire after reports that the boat, known as the Hurricane, had caught fire due to an electric circuit in the engine room.

12 crew members and 12 British tourists were rescued off the southern Red Sea resort town of Marsa Alam, according to Egypt’s Red Sea Governate.

On June 6, the boat left Port Ghalib in the eastern city of Marsa Alam and was scheduled to return home.

The three Brits were confirmed dead by Scuba Travel, which ran the diving tour they were on.

In a statement, the company said, “It is with great regret that we, as Tour Operator, with heavy hearts,

“Our sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to their families and friends at this very sad time.”

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The Foreign Office is supporting other Brits involved in the incident.

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