Dec 6, 2010


Shark attack kills German tourist at resort in Egypt

  • Dec 6, 2010
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  • A German woman has been killed in a shark attack while she snorkelling off the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, officials say.

    The death comes after four people were injured in similar attacks at the resort earlier in the week.

    There are fears about the impact of the shark attacks on the tourism trade in the world's most popular diving spot.

    Egyptian officials said the elderly German woman had died immediately after the attack, in which she was reportedly bitten on the thigh and arm.

    After last week's attacks - in which three Russians and a Ukrainian were injured .

    Egypt's environment ministry caught and killed two sharks, and displayed a photo of them, an Oceanic White Tip.

    Nearby beaches were reopened after authorities deemed there was no further threat.

    But divers and conservationists who compared the picture with one of the attack shark, taken shortly before one of the previous attacks, said it was not the same individual.

    Now all the resort's beaches had been closed again for watersports, with the exception of Ras Mohammed, a nature preserve south of the city, Egypt's Tourism Minister Zuhair Garana said.

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