Russian tourists mauled in Red Sea shark attacks
A shark mauled at least three Russians, tearing off limbs, in attacks near Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, medical sources and the health ministry said on Wednesday.
The shark ripped limbs off two of the tourists, both women, as they swam close to the beach and hospitalised a man in separate attacks on Tuesday and early on Wednesday, medics in Sharm el-Sheikh told AFP.
One woman lost a foot and another had her arm bitten off, the medics said. The Russians were flown to Nasser hospital in Cairo for emergency treatment after initial care in Sharm el-Sheikh.
A health ministry spokesman said as many as four Russians had been mauled in shark attacks near Sharm el-Sheikh, a popular destination for winter tourists from Russia.
The tourism ministry said it has banned swimming in the stretch from Ras Nasrani to the northern part of Naama Bay, as local authorities mounted a search for the predator.
"Swimmers will not be allowed in the water until it is declared safe," the ministry said.
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