A Tourist Was Killed by a Shark in the Egyptian Red Sea

The remains of a 41-year-old Czech man’s body were found on Marsa Alam beach last week.

This is the first incident of its kind to have occurred since 2015.

Marsa Alam’s city council chairman, General Atef Wagdy, confirmed that the man’s death was a result of the shark attack. Wagdy stated that people who swim on the surface of deep waters are most vulnerable to an attack.

Al-Mal, a local newspaper, reported that Egypt’s environment ministry intends to further investigate the attack.

According to the health ministry, Egypt is currently coordinating the return of the body to the Czech embassy.

The victim was vacationing in Egpyt with his wife and children at the time of the incident. During the attack, the man was 12 miles north of Marsa Alam City.

Egypt’s Marsa Alam area is renowned for its sandy beaches and coral reefs. Tourists and divers are drawn to the location to explore the area’s coral reef and marine life. However, the site does have a fatal history.

In 2015, a German tourist was killed by a shark attack near the Red Sea Coast; the incident was the first of its kind since 2010.

Five years prior to the 2015 accident, six foreign tourists were killed in shark attacks near the beach. This prompting the Egyptian government to take action by closing a stretch of the beach in the Sharm el-Sheikh resort for a week.

Following the resort’s latest attack, The Telegraph has reported that tourists are still being allowed to swim in the sea. No instructions or restrictions were made in regard to swimming at the beaches.

Though the previous shark attacks were unprovoked, investigators found that the slow-swimming shark who killed the Czech man was attracted to the beach by illegal feeding.

The International Shark Attack File (ISAF) estimated that 80 unprovoked shark attacks are reported each year.

Between the years of 1958 and 2016, 2785 incidents have occurred, 239 of which have resulted in death.

Featured Image via Wikimedia Commons

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