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MOSCOW, November 3 (Itar-Tass) — There were no Russian tourists on board the ferry that caught fire off Jordan on Thursday morning, spokesman for the Russian State Federal Agency for Tourism Oleg Moseyev said.
“We have managed to contact the Consulate. We can confirm that there were no tourists from Russia on board the ferry,” Moseyev said. Russian tour operators also reported that there had been no Russian tourists among the passengers. According to information of leading tour operators operating on that direction “there were no Russians on board the ferry, as there are no excursions to Jordan on Thursdays,” the executive director of the Association of Russian Tour Operators, Maya Lomidze, said.
The Pella 1 ferry flying the flag of Jordan was en route to Egypt’s port of Nuweiba when it caught fire at 8:45 am local time (10:45 am, Moscow time) on Thursday. There were 1,230 passengers on board, mainly Egyptians working in Jordan and returning home for a religious holiday that begins on Sunday.
All passengers were rescued and the blaze was quickly extinguished. Pella is owned by The Arab Bridge company, and Egyptian-Jordanian venture.