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Students' diving trip ends in tragedy

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Desk Driver
Dec 6, 2001
Cairo - An American teacher and two Korean students were killed when a fire broke out on a dive boat off the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik, a school spokesperson said on Thursday.

Dan Andrews and 16-year-old Korean students Jae Min Hwang and Jae Sung Kim were killed in the fire, Cairo American College spokesperson Evelyn Iskandar told The Associated Press.

"On Wednesday evening an explosion and a fire occurred on the boat housing students and faculty on a school trip," said a statement on the school's website.

The American Embassy confirmed the accident, saying the dive boat was moored at Ras Umm Seed, a diving spot in Sharm el-Sheik.

Police officials said 14 students and teachers and five crew members were on a three-day diving trip when the accident happened.

No further details were available.

Police are investigating the causes of the fire, a police official said speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Cairo American College, in a southern suburb of Cairo, is mostly attended by the children of American expatriates, though other foreigners and Egyptians also attend the school. - Sapa-AP

Deepest sympathy to the friends and relatives of our underwater brothers and sisters.

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