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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Russian man eaten by shark in Egypt

The predator, which devoured the 23-year-old near a public beach in Hurghada, has already been caught

A shark has mauled a Russian national to death in one of Egypt’s most popular beach resorts, with the horrifying footage caught on camera.

In a message posted on its Telegram channel on Thursday, Russia’s consulate in Hurghada confirmed the death of a young man near a public beach. In light of the attack, Russian diplomats advised compatriots to stay alert while swimming in the ocean and to strictly follow any restrictions imposed by Egyptian authorities.

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Consul General Viktor Voropaev told TASS that the shark zeroed in on the 23-year-old Russian at around 3pm local time near ‘Dream Beach’.

The official also revealed that the deceased was not a tourist, but had rather been living in Egypt for some time.

Several Russian Telegram channels specializing in news published graphic footage shot from the shore by onlookers. In one video, a man is seen struggling for his life in the water some distance away from the beach. A shark’s fin and tail are also visible above the surface, which turns red. After a short while, the man’s head disappears underwater as the person filming repeatedly says “Oh my God!” 

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Later in the day, video clips were released of what is alleged to be the killer shark on board a vessel, having reportedly been caught.

These outlets also claim that the man had been at the beach with his father and girlfriend.

A similarly tragic incident happened in Hurghada last summer. In July, two women from Austria and Romania, respectively, were killed in shark attacks in one day, south of Hurghada.