Felucca capsized during Nile cruise

A British man has died saving his wife’s life after their Egyptian felucca capsized on the Nile.

Luke Day and his wife Sophie Nicholson-Cole, from Norwich, married

in April and were enjoying the latest part of an extended honeymoon,

sailing on the Nile, when their wooden felucca turned over in a sudden

gust of wind near Aswan.

Mr Day, 31, opened a hatch on the boat to free Dr Nicholson-Cole,

also 31, and two other tourists. He then became trapped beneath the

upturned craft and drowned.

Dr Nicholson-Cole, a climate change expert at the University of East

Anglia, spent three hours repeatedly diving into the murky water of the

river to search for her husband. Onlookers said that she wept as his

body was eventually recovered and brought to shore.

According to her father, a storm had blown in from the desert

at about 3am, capsizing the boat and trapping the couple and their

companions.

“They were sheltering under the foredeck while they were battered with this torrential rain which flattened the Nile,” he said.

“Within two minutes the water went from being completely flat to

having metre-high waves which started swamping these wooden boats.

“They had to scramble out of the hatch. Luke was helping everyone –

but he just didn’t make it. There would have been ropes and obstacles

on the boat and he must have got caught up as it went under.”

Many onlookers, some of whom were locals who had lost their houses

in the storm, helped to gather the couple’s belongings and handed them

in to officials, according to Mr Nicholson-Cole.

Dr Nicholson-Cole sought assistance from two passing cruise ships,

but was ignored. She was taken to a nearby hospital, which had no

electricity. After being questioned by police, she flew back to England

alone.

 

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