On Sunday, the Egyptian Navy rescued 23 tourists and eight crew members after a fire broke out aboard their boat off the coast of Hurghada in the Red Sea.

According to Ahram online, a military spokesman released a statement about the incident explaining that "Egypt's navy units headed to the point in the sea upon directives of the general command where it controlled a fire aboard the boat, rescuing 23 tourists of different nationalities, in addition to eight crew members".

The statement also mentions that "The navy provided all the necessary medical care to the rescued tourists. One tourist was transferred to Hurghada General Hospital".

Little information outside of the statement has been released. However, the successful rescue will come to the relief of many Red Sea resorts, who have been struggling to recover from years of political, security and economic challenges.

Photo from Ahram Online.