A 12-year-old tourist from Ukraine lost an arm and his guide a leg in a rare shark attack in Egypt, officials said.
The boy and his mother were snorkeling with their tour guide Sunday when they encountered a 6-foot Oceanic Whitetip Shark in a marine reserve near the Red Sea Resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, the Environment Ministry said in a statement.
As the tour group attempted to escape, the shark attacked two more people, Egypt’s state-run Al-Ahram news agency reported.
The boy and his mother were taken to Sharm International Hospital, where his arm was amputated below the elbow and she was treated for deep bite wounds, CNN reported.
An Egyptian health official said that the family’s guide had lost a leg in the encounter.
In the wake of the attack, activities have been suspended in the vicinity of the popular diving spot, Al-Ahram reported.
“The minister has decided to suspend all human activities in the vicinity of the attack in accordance to present global practice in shark attacks on humans,” the statement said.
Shark attacks are rare in the Red Sea region, especially in the past few years, the outlet reported. In 2018, however, a shark killed a Czech tourist off the coast of Marsa Alam.
With Post wires
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