Shark attack on Egyptian woman prompts beach closure in Dahab

Ahram Online , Wednesday 13 Sep 2023

Egypt's Ministry of Environment announced in a statement on Wednesday the shutting down of one of the beaches in the famous Red Sea city of Dahab in South Sinai after an Egyptian woman was injured in a shark attack earlier today.

Tiger shark. AFP


While the ministry did not provide precise details regarding the exact location of the incident or the extent of the woman's injuries, it did confirm that the victim received immediate medical attention and her condition is now stable.

The news of the shark attack quickly spread across social media platforms as alleged photos and videos circulated showing beachgoers leaving the area in fear of the shark.

According to social media reports, the incident occurred at Dahab's Laguna Beach, where the victim reportedly lost her left arm to the shark's bite.

Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad issued instructions to form a committee to assess the situation and investigate the causes of the shark attack, the environment ministry said in a statement. 

Ministry of Environment Spokeswoman Heba Matouk told Ahram Online that the ministry has not determined how long the beach will remain closed since the situation is still being assessed.

In mid-August, Dahab beaches were closed for 24 hours after a video of a shark swimming close to the shorelines of Dahab's promenade beach went viral.

The beaches were reopened after the authorities determined that the area was safe.

The incident on Wednesday comes three months after a Tiger shark attack in the Red Sea city of Hurghada claimed the life of a 24-year-old Russian national.

In July 2022, two women also lost their lives in a shark attack off the coast of Hurghada.

At that time, the specialists on Red Sea protectorates and Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association issued a report that found that the mating and egg-laying season of sharks – which occurs in summer – is one of the reasons behind the presence of sharks in shallow waters.

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