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Shark attacks man swimming in Egypt's Red Sea

Ahram Online , Saturday 4 Jun 2016
Shark attack in Sharm El-Sheikh 2010
A tourist walks near a red flag positioned on a beach to prohibit swimming and diving at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh after a shark killed a German tourist who had been swimming near the shore (File photo: Reuters)
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A shark attacked an Egyptian man swimming "six kilometers offshore" in the Red Sea city of Ain Sokhna on Saturday, Suez governor Ahmed Helmi El-Hiatmi said.

The 23-year-old victim was transferred to Suez public hospital and had his leg amputated, state news agency MENA said. He is currently receiving treatment in the intensive care unit of the hospital.

"Sharks live in the Red Sea and it's normal to see them there, but the victim was swimming 6km from the beach, which makes it possible to encounter a shark," El-Hiatmi told Ahram Online.

"What may raise concerns, if we found a shark within 500 meters from the beach, where most of the locals and tourists swim," El-Haiatmi said, adding that he commissioned an environmental committee to investigate the incident. 

Shark attacks in the Red Sea resort are exceedingly rare; the last recorded sighting of sharks in Ain Sokhna occurred in 2012 when eyewitnesses saw three sharks in the area. No casualties were reported at the time.

Ain Sokhna is a popular resort town lying on the western shore of the Red Sea's Gulf of Suez, about 120 kilometres east of Cairo.

Last year, a shark killed a 52-year-old German tourist in the Red Sea governorate in the first fatal shark attack in Egypt since a string of maulings in 2010 that killed a German woman and wounded three Russian tourists in another Red Sea resort near Sharm El-Sheikh.

Following the 2010 incident, local diving experts said single shark attacks were very rare in the area and were puzzled as to why so many people were attacked in such quick succession. 

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Reem
08-06-2016 12:41am
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Six kilometers!!
Allow me to tell you that we were between 500 to 800 meters away from the shore. And there was no reason from the young man's side that could have attracted the sharks. Oir only concern is the fish disposals that were thrown into the sea by the boat Captin Kindly confirm any information that you receive and publish from a trusted source. The governer words are not enough and totally unfair to our friend who was a victim to irresponsible act of the boat captin and insufficient monitoring by the coast guard.
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sameh y. elhadidi
05-06-2016 01:24pm
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shark attaks
it is by law now not to fish sharks as their numbers became very little in the red sea infront of Egypt . what happened is very very rare and not normal in my 55 tears of practicing fishing and diving I met plenty of sharks and nothing happened I only heard of one attak happened in Port said in 1948
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Stories
05-06-2016 04:40am
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"six kilometers offshore"
How did he get that far and more surprisingly how did he get back to shore after he lost his leg and lots of blood (one suspects)? When you guys try to make up stories, trying not to scare tourists, make them believable, or at least say "he was rescued by a fisherman who happened to be there at the time"!!
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Tut
04-06-2016 08:07pm
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Shark Terrorist
With all the conspiring terrorists to harm Egypt these days, even Sharks are joining in. Poor Police State; how many terrorism sources they have to fight; journalists, NGO's, Italian Researches, French Journalists, Egyptian youth, Corruption Auditors ... All these 'Evil forces' are conspiring to spread false news and undermine the unity of the army, the police, and the courts!
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Sam Enslow
05-06-2016 06:38pm
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Not so strange
During the Mubarak years, there was a series of shark attacks near Sharm. The press claimed that the sharks were part of a Mossad plot.
Tim
05-06-2016 03:17am
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State of Denial
Don't worry Tut, sharks will have a free hand to do what they wish as long as people are in a state of total denial.
Adham
05-06-2016 01:05am
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Buzz Off
Actually poor you with your 31 dislikes!
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