2003,October 16,Nile cruise ship suffered a fire as
it sailed from Luxor to Aswan with 144 passengers. The captain
ordered the ship abandoned. One passenger remained unaccounted
for, 2 were taken to hospital and discharged, and nine treated
for injuries. The fire is thought to have broken out in
a passenger cabin.Due to high winds the fire blew rapidly
out of control and the Captain ordered the ship to be evacuated.
There were other boats nearby, which enabled most passengers
and crew to be off-loaded swiftly and safely. One Spanish
passenger has not yet been officially accounted for. The
Captain and the crew checked the ship before abandoning
it themselves. Two injured passengers have been transferred
to a hospital in Luxor for further treatment, a 38-year
old Spanish man suffering from burns and a 50-year old Spanish
woman with a fractured arm. Nine other passengers suffered
minor cuts and burns but they have already been discharged
from the local hospital.
The remaining passengers have since been transferred into
hotel accommodation and arrangements are being made for
them to complete their holiday in Egypt or to return home.
Kempinski is doing everything possible to support the ship's
concessionaire, who is taking care of the displaced passengers
and ensuring that family and friends are kept informed about
The Egyptian-owned ship, leased to an Egyptian concessionaire
and marketed by Kempinski was launched late in 2002 as a
brand-new build with all the latest fire and safety equipment
installed to meet the highest international standards. Although
the cause of the fire is not yet confirmed, it is thought
that it broke out in a passenger cabin. Evacuation procedures
were followed properly and without panic, which prevented
any more serious injuries.