Woman loses arm in shark attack after she allegedly mistook the predator for tuna fish
The female tourist from Alexandria, was bit viciously while she was swimming with a friend
ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT: A tourist in Egypt who mistook a baby shark for tuna fish, lost an arm in a terrifying underwater attack. The female tourist from Alexandria, who was viciously bit while swimming with a friend, had to amputate her left arm.
She was pulled from the water unconscious and later taken to the hospital. Later, her condition was reported "stable," as reported by DailyMail.
Victim initially thought shark was tuna
According to reports, swimmers on Dahab's Laguna Beach initially thought the baby shark was a tuna.
Her dramatic rescue from the beach and hasty transfer to an ambulance were captured on video.
Following the attack at the Dahab resort, about 36 miles north of Sharm el-Sheikh, beachgoers fled from the water. Despite sightings, a two-hour harpoon search for the shark ended in failure, according to reports.
Following the attack, the authorities closed the beach in south Sinai.
Swimming was temporarily prohibited in the Egyptian resort town of Dahab in August after a shark was spotted, but it has since reopened.
Similar shark attacks reported in Egypt
The shark attack on the unidentified woman from Alexandria comes after was the death of Russian tourist Vladimir Popov, 23, who was attacked by a tiger shark in Hurghada in June of this year.
According to one theory, he was killed by the same sea predator that had also killed tourists the year before.
Tourists on the shore gasped in horror as they saw the beast attack the man and then drag him under the water. His upset girlfriend made it out safely.
The tourist had moved to a resort with his father several months prior, while on a lengthy trip to Egypt. His father watched the tragic attack, which was also captured on camera from the shore, in horror.
There was also the case of Austrian native Elisabeth Sauer, 68, who was attacked in July 2022 in front of horrified onlookers. The attack occurred 15 minutes after English-speaking guests had warned Egyptian lifeguards about having spotted a shark swimming closer to shore, but were ignored.
The remains of a second woman, who has only been identified as a Romanian national in her 40s, were discovered on a nearby reef the same day and was believed to have been killed in a similar attack just 650 feet from where Sauer died.