The Boudicca is due to arrive in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
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DUBAI – Two British passengers of a cruise ship arriving in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (October 3) died after they were hit by a car in Oman.
The female victims had alighted from their tour bus in Souq Al Haffa in Salalah when they were struck by a car. A third Briton who was also seriously injured in the incident is now in stable condition in hospital.
They were passengers of the Boudicca, which was on a 14-day cruise through the Middle East, beginning in Jordan.
The cruise ship stopped in Oman where passengers were dropped off at the local market for a tour when they were hit by a vehicle during the September 27 incident.
“According to Royal Oman Police, preliminary reports indicate that the cause of the accident was the driver’s deviation from his lane,” said a spokesman from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, which owns the Boudicca.
The driver did not have a driving licence, according to the Royal Oman Police. Investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Oman’s Ministry of Tourism, in a statement, said: “The ministry would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of the two victims of this tragic and painful accident, and it wishes the injured a speedy recovery and a safe return to his home country.”
The cruise liner said it is working with local authorities and has also contacted the victim’s families and arranged for repatriation of the bodies.
The ship left Salalah and berthed at Muscat and Khasab before sailing on to Qatar. It is expected to reach Abu Dhabi on Wednesday at the end of the cruise. ICA/Expat Media
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