Shark Attacks in Red Sea Lead to Tourist Injuries, Beach Closure

Posted Dec 2nd 2010 10:43 AMUpdated Dec 2nd 2010 11:28 AM

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A shark hunt is underway in a popular Egyptian resort area on the Red Sea after four tourists were badly injured in in separate shark attacks.

Officials believe an adult oceanic white tip shark caused the injuries, reports the Daily Mail.

Egyptian authorities have closed beaches and banned watersports along the coastline of Sharm El-Sheikh on Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after the four tourists – three Russians and one Ukrainian -- were injured in separate incidents on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Two of the victims lost limbs, authorities say. One woman needed to be resuscitated after her legs and back were injured, a man suffered "serious injuries" to his legs and another man lost an arm, according to press reports. All four victims were flown to Cairo for medical treatment, and were in critical condition.

The tourist area where the attacks occurred is a popular spot for divers and snorkelers.

Diving instructor Hassan Salem says he saw the shark before it attacked a couple. He says he was able to scare the creature away by blowing bubbles in its face, but then saw the shark bite the woman, and the water turn red with blood.

Search teams have been organized by the government to find the creature.

"All beaches along the coast of southern Sinai will stay shut until the search for the shark is completed," Governor Mohamed Shawsha of the South Sinai's district told reporters.

There are some fears more than one shark may be close to shore. White tip sharks are regularly found in deep water in the Red Sea, but it is rare for the creatures to venture into shallow water.

Officials say they hope to capture the shark alive and release it back into the wild in a remote area. White tip sharks are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as a threatened species.

In October, a shark bit off the leg of a 19-year-old college student who was boarding off a beach at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Lucas McKaine Ransom bled to death.

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Average Joe

What a friggin putz! Yeah, clever name considering you jacked it from a 30 year old movie. Hope some shark meets up with you in the ocean one day, but even they have tastebuds

December 02 2010 at 7:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mary

I GUESS THE SHARKS HEARD THERE IS A FISHING BAND ON SHARKS AND TURTLES. SO I GUESS THEY STARTED PARTYING .AND HUMANS ARE ON THE MENU :)!!!!!!!

December 02 2010 at 6:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Carla

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA FOR REAL I CAN'T BELIEVE A SHARK BIT OFF A SUFERS LEG ????? WHY WASN'T HE LOOKIN AROUND

December 02 2010 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
el exigente

i guess it really is the red sea now he he he

December 02 2010 at 3:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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mark

You are a sick person.

December 02 2010 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
capwhan

Very good observation!

December 02 2010 at 5:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mark

I dove for many years along that coast. we as divers were gauranteed to see a shark each time we went down. that was part of the thrill. one always has to remember that you are in their house and act accordingly. very unfurnate for anyone who is hurt. in 1980 there had not been an attack in 25 yrs. it was a great eco system. I hope that by us polluting the waters is not affecting that structure.

December 02 2010 at 3:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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neesee

Anytime a person goes swimming around in the ocean anywhere, there is a possibility that a shark may want to take a bite. Every surfer, snorkeler, diver knows this unless they are complete idiots. I used to go swimming around in the ocean when I was younger until I came to the realization that everything in the ocean is either poisonous, has stingers or is bigger than me, has sharp teeth and is hungry! Now I won't put my pinky toe in there. I'll enjoy the ocean from the boat!

December 02 2010 at 2:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gia

Dumb to go looking for the shark. Everyone knows if you're in their territory...

December 02 2010 at 2:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Granny

Yes it is. Must also remember that everyone has to eat and also protects their territory.

December 02 2010 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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