Tourist loses arm in shark attack at popular Red Sea beach, ‘after swimmers mistook the predator for a tuna’
- In June, a Russian tourist was mauled to death by a tiger shark in Hurghada.
A tourist in Egypt lost an arm in a horrific shark attack after allegedly mistaking the predator for a tuna.
The tourist from Alexandria reportedly had to have her left arm amputated after being brutally bitten while swimming with a friend.
She was rescued from the sea, unconscious, and then hospitalized. His condition was later described as “stable”.
Reports indicate that swimmers at Laguna Beach in Dahab initially mistook a shark for a tuna.
The video shows the dramatic moment of her rescue on the beach as she is rushed to an ambulance.
Beachgoers fled the sea after the attack on the seaside resort of Dahab, about 60 kilometers north of Sharm el-Sheikh.
The woman was filmed being carried off the beach and was later taken to hospital.
The woman was taken to the beach at the famous Red Sea resort in Egypt.
According to reports, a two-hour search with harpoons for the shark failed to locate the animal despite sightings.
The South Sinai beach was closed by authorities following the attack.
A shark was seen lurking in the waters off the Egyptian resort town of Dahab in August, leading to a temporary swimming ban at the time, but the pool has since reopened.
The attack on the woman follows an incident in June in which Russian tourist Vladimir Popov, 23, was mauled to death by a tiger shark in Hurghada.
One theory is that he was killed by a predator that had also fatally attacked tourists a year earlier.
From the shore, tourists watched in horror as the beast injured the man before dragging him underwater. His girlfriend, distraught, managed to escape.
The tourist was on a long stay in Egypt and had moved to a seaside resort several months ago with his father.
His father watched in horror as the deadly attack, which was also filmed from the shore, took place.
The file image shows a Caribbean reef shark. In Egypt, a woman lost her arm after the attack
A two-hour search of the area (pictured) failed to turn up the search, even after reported sightings.
In July last year, 68-year-old Austrian Elisabeth Sauer was attacked in front of horrified onlookers – 15 minutes after English-speaking guests had warned Egyptian rescuers about the presence of sharks.
A second woman – identified only as a Romanian national in her 40s – was believed to have been killed in a similar attack just 200 meters from where Sauer died, and her badly disfigured remains were found on a neighboring reef the same day.