CAIRO: A shark has attacked a 23-year-old Egyptian student in the Red Sea resort city of Ain Sokhna on Saturday, Youm7 reported.
The shark has bitten Amr Abdel-Qader’s foot and leg before he was transported to the Suez Public Hospital where surgeons amputated his left leg, according to medical report.
Youm7 has published a video footage taken by Abdel-Qader’s friends. The video showed that the friends used a fishing bait to make the shark come closer to their yacht to record it. However, it has not been confirmed whether the recorded shark is the one that attacked the student, and also it is unknown whether the accident occurred in shark-infested waters.
Mako shark was seen in the video attacking the boat, said head of the Chamber of Diving and Water sports Hesham Gabr.
Fisheries Biologist Aza al-Ganini from the Egyptian National Institute for Oceanography and Fishers said that a team from the institute is conducting an investigation into the incident.
Ganini continued that 15 species of sharks, including dangerous tiger and oceanic whitetip sharks, live in the gulf. Sharks could attack humans in case they were hungry, Ganini clarified.
Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy has ordered officials at Red Sea Protectorate to immediately investigate into the attack, said the protectorate manager Ahmed Ghalab, adding that Mark shars have previously been monitored in the Red Sea waters off the coast of Hurghada.