[1/5] Plumes of smoke erupt from a yacht on fire in Marsa Alam, Egypt, June 11, 2023 in this screengrab taken from a handout video.
Mohamed Al-Saif/Handout via REUTERSCAIRO, June 11 (Reuters) - Three British tourists were missing and 12 had been rescued after a motor boat caught fire on Sunday off the Egyptian Red Sea coast, Egyptian officials and security sources said.
The fire was caused by an electrical short circuit on the boat, which was named Hurricane and had been on a trip since June 6 in an area just north of Marsa Alam, the statement said.
Images posted on social media showed a white motor yacht with the same name on fire at sea, with thick smoke billowing into the sky.
"We saw smoke from the boat, it was around 9km from the beach," said Ahmed Maher, a diving manager at Marsa Shagra village.
Mohamed Al, Saif, Handout, Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Ahmed Hassan, Farah Saafan, Kylie MacLellan, Aidan Lewis, Andrew Cawthorne
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