Shark attack kills German tourist off Egypt's Sharm resort

5th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

A German woman tourist was killed in a shark attack while snorkelling off Sharm el-Sheikh on Sunday, in the third shark attack in the Egyptian Red Sea resort in a week, a local official told AFP.

Mohammed Salem, director of South Sinai Conservation, said she died after a shark mauled her off Naama Bay, a day after Sharm el-Sheikh reopened beaches following two other attacks in which Russians and a Ukrainian were mauled.

"There has been a death unfortunately. She was a German lady. We have taken everyone out of the water," he said.

Government conservation experts said on Friday they had captured two sharks, an oceanic whitetip and a mako, which they believed had mauled the Russian and Ukrainian swimmers last Tuesday and Wednesday.

The resort's mayor, Gamal al-Mahdi, told AFP the beaches were reopened after authorities determined there was no further threat off the coast, which attracts between three and four million tourists a year.

However, an Egyptian NGO warned on Saturday that at least one of the sharks behind the attacks was still at large.

© 2010 AFP

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