An Egyptian Navy vessel during rescue operation of a tourist boat in the Red Sea on Sunday 14 May (Photo: Military spokesman Facebook page)
The Egyptian Navy has rescued 23 tourists on a boat near the coast of the Red Sea city of Hurghada, a military spokesman said Sunday.
"Egypt's navy units headed to the point in the sea upon directives of the general command where it controlled a fire aboard the boat, rescuing 23 tourists of different nationalities, in addition to eight crew members," said the spokesman in a statement.
"The navy provided all the necessary medical care to the rescued tourists. One tourist was transferred to Hurghada General Hospital," the statement added.
The military spokesman added that navy units rescued four Egyptians on board a fishing boat near Gifton Island in the Red Sea.
Egypt's navy carries out regular patrol operations across the country's coasts.
Red Sea resorts are a key tourist attraction in Egypt. The sector has yet to recover from three years of political unrest that has sapped one of the economy's main sources of foreign currency.