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Russian man killed in shark attack in Egypt

A Russian national has been killed in a shark attack near a beach in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada, the Russian Consulate General in the city and two Egyptian security sources said on Thursday.

Egypt’s environment ministry said in a statement posted on Facebook that a tiger shark was responsible for the death of a bather, without giving details of the victim.

A team from the ministry and other officials managed to capture the shark, the statement said, adding that local authorities had banned swimming, diving and other water sports at several beaches near the site of the attack.

A diver who arrived at the scene shortly after the attack said people rushed to help the victim after a lifeguard at a nearby hotel raised the alarm but were unable to reach him in time.

Russian news agency TASS said the dead person was a Russian born in 1999 who lived in Egypt and was not a tourist.

In a statement published on its official Telegram channel, the consulate urged Russian tourists to be vigilant when in the water and strictly comply with the swimming bans imposed by local authorities.

(Posted by Fabio Mendes)

Source: CNN Brasil

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