A top British travel agency has removed more than 300 of its guests from an Egyptian Red Sea hotel resort after two people mysteriously became sick and died. Thomas Cook decided to remove its travelers from the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel in Hurghada “as a precaution” following the deaths of Susan Cooper, 64, and John Cooper, 69. “We are deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of two of our customer,” Thomas Cook said in a statement. It continued “A team of 24 Thomas Cook representatives have been supporting our 300 customers in the hotel overnight. We are offering customers alternative hotels within Hurghada, as well as giving them the option to return home.” The couple’s daughter Kelly Ormerod said her parents were “fit and healthy” before they left for their trip. Ormerod and her children were on vacation with the Coopers when they became sick. She said she believes her parents’ illness was caused by a defective air conditioner at the hotel. Local officials, however, are insisting the couple died of natural causes.
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