A newspaper in Egypt is reporting that a Nile river cruise ship burst into flames near the Upper Egyptian city of Aswan today. None of the 84 passengers or 79 crew member were reportedly injured.
The river cruise ship is the MS Nile Festival, which reportedly is operated by a UK based company. It A short-circuit in the ship’s kitchen reportedly sparked the fire.
The tourists were visiting the temple of the ancient Egyptian site of Edfu when the fire occurred.
We have reported on other fires and catastrophes on river cruise ships in Egypt.
In January of this year, a cruise ship carrying 112 Egyptian passengers sank in the Nile River after striking large rocks. The incident took place near the Egyptian cities of Kom Ombo and Aswan. The sinking vessel was called the King of the Nile.
Last November, a similar fire occurred aboard an Egyptian cruise ship between Luxor and Esna in Upper Egypt, forcing the evacuation of 77 tourists. This fire was also caused by a short circuit.