Published On: Wed, Oct 28th, 2020

Shark attack horror: Boy’s arm ripped off by vicious oceanic whitetip in Red Sea nightmare | World | News

The youngster, from , was snorkelling his mother and an Egyptian tour guide in when the terrifying attack happened. The boy’s mother also sustained several , while the tour guide’s leg was bitten off.

All three were treated at a nearby hospital, with a statement issued by Ukraine’s State Agency for the Development of Tourism saying: “The 12-year-old boy is still in intensive care after undergoing surgery, facing another one tomorrow.

“His mauled hand could not be saved. We wish the victims a speedy recovery and return to Ukraine.

“We encourage all tourists to be as careful as possible in the country of stay, to familiarise themselves with safety rules, to take extreme tours from licensed tour operators or their official local partners.

Officials from Egypt’s Environment Ministry have viewed underwater footage of the shark responsible at the site of the incident.

The creature was acting abnormally, and displaying behaviour which was “hostile towards humans,” a ministerial statement explained.

The park, established in 1983, is regarded as one of the world’s most famous diving spots, featuring spectacular coral reef ecosystems and a huge range of marine species.

Shark attacks in the Red Sea are unusual but not unheard of.

Ten years ago, a German woman was killed after a spate of five shark attacks in just a few days.

In 2016, another German tourist died after his leg was bitten off during an attack in the sea close to Al-Qusair.

Two years after than, a Czech tourist was killed by a shark in Marsa Alam.

Elsewhere in the world, a man was taken to hospital with critical injuries after he was attacked by a shark in the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.

Seven people have been killed in shark attacks in Australia since the start of 2020.

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