9th June 2023 – (Cairo) A Russian man has died after being mauled by a shark off one of Egypt’s Red Sea resorts, according to authorities from both Egypt and Russia. The attack occurred on Thursday, with the man being attacked by a tiger shark in the waters near the city of Hurghada. The Egyptian environment ministry closed off a 46-mile stretch of coastline after the attack, announcing that it would remain off-limits until Sunday. The ministry later caught the shark responsible and is examining it in a laboratory to determine the reasons for the rare attack.
The Russian consulate in Hurghada identified the man as a Russian citizen, but did not provide his name. According to Russia’s Tass state news agency, the person killed was a Russian man born in 1999 who lived in Egypt full-time and was not a tourist. A video purporting to show the attack has been circulating online, showing a man thrashing about in the water before being repeatedly attacked by a shark circling around him, then being dragged under.
A diver who arrived at the scene just after the attack said people had rushed to help the victim after a lifeguard from a nearby hotel raised the alarm but were not able to reach him in time.