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British tourist killed in Egypt banana boat accident

The accident happened in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada. [Getty]

Date of publication: 4 September, 2018

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Janice Bowles, 58, from Bristol, died while on holiday in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada after she was flipped from a banana boat and became trapped underneath.

The daughter of a British woman who died in a banana boat accident in Egypt has paid tribute to her mother, saying her death as left her "broken inside", in the latest tragedy to his the resort town of Hurghada.

Janice Bowles, 58, from Bristol, died last week while on holiday in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, after she was flipped from a banana boat and trapped underneath, The Sun reported.

She was taken to the shore following the incident where medics performed CPR, but later died.

Her daughter Annmarie Cox paid tribute to her on Facebook.

"It is with the heaviest heart that I am having to write this status," she wrote.

"Unfortunately whilst my mum Janice Bowles was on holiday in Egypt, there was an accident and she sadly passed away."

"I am broken inside and don't know how to get my head around it. It is such a devastating shock to the whole family.

"She was the funniest, kindest, most loving mother I know and if I can aspire to be half the woman she is i know I'll do my girls proud."

British travel agency Thomas Cook has stopped selling the boat excursion since Ms Bowles' death and said it was investigating the incident.

"We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family, and our welfare team continue to do all they can to support them at this time," the company said in a statement.

Lat month, British holidaymakers John and Susan Cooper died after falling ill suddenly during an all-inclusive stay at a plush hotel in Hurghada.

Tour operator Thomas Cook moved all its other customers from the hotel after the couple died in what their daughter called "suspicious" circumstances.

The company said it was unclear what caused the deaths of the couple in their 60s, while Egyptian authorities initially pointed to natural causes and said there were no signs of violence.

Egypt's tourism industry has been hit hard by militancy in the Sinai region and unrest elsewhere.

An Islamic State group bomb is thought to be responsible for the 2015 downing of a Russian plane in the Sinai, which killed all 224 people on board, leading to further economic woes for Egypt.

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