Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines can confirm that two female guests from its cruise ship Boudicca were fatally injured in a collision with a car at 11.00 hours on Thursday 27th September 2018 in Salalah, Oman. One further male guest was seriously injured and taken to a local hospital, where he is now in a stable condition. All three guests are of British nationality.
Our deepest sympathies are with the families and loved ones at this very tragic time.
The guests were on an excursion to Souq Al Haffa in Salalah when they were struck by a car, having alighted from their tour bus. According to Royal Oman Police, preliminary reports indicate that the cause of the accident was the driver's deviation from his lane. The driver also did not hold a driving licence. Further investigations into the accident are ongoing.
The guests' families have been informed and arrangements are being made to reunite them with their loved ones.
The safety of all guests and crew is Fred. Olsen’s utmost priority. We continue to work closely with the local tour operator, the authorities in Salalah and Oman and the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office to provide full support to all those affected. A crew member from Boudicca has remained behind in hospital with the injured guest, and a senior member of Fred. Olsen's UK Head Office team has flown to Salalah to provide additional assistance.
Boudicca is currently on a 14-night D1820 ‘Authentic Arabia’ fly-cruise, which departed from Aqaba, Jordan on 20th September 2018. The cruise will conclude in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on 3rd October 2018.
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