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Czech Tourist Killed By A Shark In The Sea Around Egypt

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Czech Tourist Killed By A Shark In The Sea Around Egypt

A Czech man has been killed by a shark in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt.

According to reports in the local media, the man's body washed up on the Marsa Alam beach last Friday.

Sightings of sharks are becoming more common at the minute as warm weather and summer holidays brings more and more people close to the oceans.

A City Council Chairman warned tourists that they are in danger of shark attack if they swim in deep waters near the coral reefs that attract so many foreign tourists.

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Marsa Alam is known for it's wildlife and coral reefs. Credit: PA
Marsa Alam is known for it's wildlife and coral reefs. Credit: PA

General Atef Wagdy said that the man was killed 'as a result of an attack by a shark', reports the Sun, and also said that those who chose to swim in the types of place mentioned above are 'vulnerable to attack'.

The official also confirmed that the Egyptian Health Ministry is now in the process of co-ordinating with the Czech embassy in the country to arrange for the body to be handed over, so he can be taken home.

General Wagdy told AFP that the man was 41 years old and was visiting the area with his wife and children. The victim was in the ocean about 12 miles north of Marsa Alam city when he was attacked and killed by the shark.

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It's not clear which type of shark attacked him.

Grey Reef Shark. Credit: PA
Grey Reef Shark. Credit: PA

General Wagdy said: "There is no problem in diving around Marsa Alam, but people who swim on the surface in deep waters beyond the coral can be vulnerable to attack."

The area is particularly popular with tourists who visit for the coral reefs, sandy beaches, and also for the abundance of marine wildlife. This - obviously - includes sharks.

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In recent times there have been several shark attacks off the coast of Egypt.

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A German tourist was killed by a shark in the Red Sea back in 2015, and back in 2010 sharks attacked five people in five days. This number of attacks resulted in the death of one tourist and the injury of four others.

In the case of those attacks, the Egyptian authorities closed down a stretch of beach in Sharm el-Sheikh to try to prevent further attacks from taking place.

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According to the International Shark Attack File, there are about 80 shark attacks per year.

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In recent times, there have been sightings of large sharks around popular holiday resorts that are further north, such as Majorca, and even one instance in which a Great White shark was thought to be in the waters around Great Britain.

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Topics: World News, egypt, tourist, Animals, shark attack, Holiday, shark

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