Tourist bitten by a shark Marsa Alam, Egypt

A tourist has been bitten by a shark off the resort town of Marsa Alam, Egypt.

Christine Schachinger, who was visiting from Austria, was snorkeling with a group the morning of August 5 in the Red Sea.

An Oceanic whitetip shark was spotted in the water and an alarm was sounded.

As the snorkelers were exiting the water, the shark bit Schachinger on her right side just above the hip.

The 20-year-old was taken to a private hospital in Marsa Alam for surgery and was listed in good condition. She was then transferred by private jet to Austria for further treatment.

The Minister of Environment has banned water activities in Marsa Alam pending an investigation.

It is possible the shark, which are normally found further offshore, was drawn to the area by ships discarding trash into the sea.

The Red Sea is a relatively quite area for reported shark attacks bites.

The last fatal shark attack occurred in March of 2015.

A man was snorkeling off Al-Qusair near Coraya Beach, when a shark grabbed his leg.

The shark, thought to be a mako, pulled the man under water and dragged him around 100 yards before severing the man’s leg at the knee.

There have been a total of 65* shark attack bites in 2017, 5 of which were fatal*; 30 were reported in the US, with 21 occurring in Florida** and one in Hawaii. Nine occurred in Australia, one of which was fatal and one with no injury. Four unconfirmed worldwide and not included in the total count.

All locations have been marked on the 2017 Shark Attack Bites Tracking Map.
*Two may be scavenge. **One report may have been outside of Florida waters.

Updated: 09/19/17

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