Last Update 0:5
Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Last St Catherine hiker found dead

Lost hiker Mohamed Ramadan's dead body is found early Wednesday, raising the death toll of the St Catherine tragedy to four Egyptians

Ahram Online , Wednesday 19 Feb 2014
Saint Catherine Mount during winter
Saint Catherine Mount during winter (Photo: Archives)
Views: 7630
Views: 7630

The body of Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Ramadan was found early Wednesday, five days after he went missing when a blizzard hit the mountains around Saint Catherine's Monastery in South Sinai where he was hiking along with seven others.

According to Al-Ahram's correspondent Hani El-Asmar in South Sinai, Ramadan's body was found by Bedouin guides as well as a search and rescue helicopter from the armed forces. His friends, currently in Saint Catherine, say his body was discovered 400 metres away from the three hikers who were found frozen to death on Monday and whose bodies remain in the mountains.

The bodies of the other three hikers -- Hagar Shalaby, Khaled El-Sebaei and Ahmed Abel-Azim -- are to be retrieved later on Wednesday, after Ramadan's body is transferred to town.

Over the past 48 hours, endless pleas have spread on social media networks by the lost hikers' families and friends requesting the three dead hikers be retrieved from the mountains. Official armed forces spokesperson Colonel Ahmed Mohamed Ali was cited by state news agency MENA as saying that weather conditions had reached -11C in the area, making it difficult for the army's search and rescue efforts to do so.

Late Mohamed Ramadan was among a group of eight hikers who lost their way in the mountains surrounding the Saint Catherine Monastery in South Sinai.

Four survivors among the group of eight hikers – Yosra Mounir, Maha El-Aswad, Ihab Qotb and Mahmoud Farouk – were found alive thanks to rescue efforts by a group of local Bedouins who had used their knowledge of the terrain to conduct an immediate search mission.

The surviving hikers were transported by camelback to a wide clearing at Farsh Al-Rommana, where they were met by an army helicopter and later transferred to Saint Catherine hospital.

The four hikers are in stable condition despite suffering from shock induced by their traumatic experience.
On Tuesday night, a number of TV channels and newspaper websites published photos of the dead hikers' bodies, causing outrage among Egyptian social media users.

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

19-02-2014 07:43pm
el sisi
Stop talking about el sisi and his greatness. Start talking about real issues. Such as Egyptians being worth less than foreigners. Egyptians should be worth more than foreigners in Egypt. If you want to rebuild love for one's nation, the country needs to uphold its nation. Protecting the nation is not firing on traitors such as muslim brotherhood, it is in our imaginations and it is the feeling that this imagination produces. Once we stop imagining ourselves as egyptians then Egypt will die because Egypt is an idea. An idea with a heritage, it resides in our minds. We imagine it and that imagination may change but it is based on an immutable idea. Every egyptian is sacred to Egypt. Only then will Egypt survive. El sisi is an Egyptian and nothing more. The christian Egyptian is an Egyptian and nothing more. The muslim Egyptian is an Egyptian and nothing more. The foreigner is not an Egyptian, but is a human and with the help of an Egyptian can he be honored as one.
Comment's Title

© 2010 Ahram Online.