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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 April 2006, 15:25 GMT 16:25 UK
Briton recalls Egypt blast ordeal
Dave Crosby
Dave Crosby: "I've had a very lucky escape"

British tourist Dave Crosby, 31, was on a diving holiday in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Dahab when bombs exploded on Monday, killing at least 23 people.

Mr Crosby, from London, recalls how he was standing on the town's bridge when two of the bombs went off.

I was out for a relaxing stroll in town, it was dusk. I'd just been haggling with a couple of local merchants.

I was half way across the bridge when the first bomb went off ahead of me. A large explosion. Bright yellow light.

My first thought was that it was like a large firework, at ground level.

Then seconds later the second one went off, behind me. The bombs hit both sides of the footbridge.

I felt a blow in my mid-section. I gave a quick glance down, it was showing blood.

Man on fire

At that point there was a great deal of panic. There was lots of shouting in many different languages. Dahab is a very multilingual place.

I climbed over the bridge onto the ground below. There's no water underneath, it's a low flood-plain bridge.

One chap was on fire. He'd walked out into the sea to put himself out. There was a great deal of screaming.

I went straight to the Poseidon Diving Centre where I've been taking a rescue diving course. I knew there was first aid equipment there.

I told them what had happened and they started first aid procedures.

The guys here have monitored my health, it's a puncture wound in my stomach.

It's superficial, not life-threatening. I've had a very lucky escape.


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