Boy, 12, and tour guide have limbs ripped off in Egypt shark attack

A 12-year-old boy lost an arm and an Egyptian tour guide a leg in a shark attack off the coast of Egypt.

Two tourists, a mother and son, and their tour guide were snorkelling in the Red Sea in the resort of Sharm El-Sheikh when the attack happened, the country’s Environment Ministry said. They were rushed to hospital.

An initial investigation into Sunday’s attack at Ras Mohammed National Park showed it involved a two-meter (six-foot) long Oceanic Whitetip shark, the ministry added.

The boy is now in intensive care and surgery failed to save his arm, according to Ukraine’s State Agency for the Development of Tourism. An anonymous Egyptian health official said the guide had lost a leg, while the mother suffered minor injuries.

Officials have closed the area of the national park where the attack took place.

Shark attacks have been rare in the Red Sea coastal region of Egypt in recent years. But in 2010, a spate of shark attacks killed one European tourist and maimed several others off Sharm el-Sheikh.

Sharm el-Sheikh, a resort at the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula, is one of Egypt’s major tourist destinations.

In recent years authorities have sought to revive the vital tourism sector battered by years of instability and more recently the coronavirus pandemic.

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