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Tourists visiting the popular Egyptian resort of Hurghada watched a man
get eaten alive by a shark just feet away from a crowded beach.
The incident occurred on the beach of the Dream Beach hotel, according to Russian media reports, which said the victim was a Russian citizen.
Russia’s consul-general in Hurghada, Viktor Voropayev, told the country’s
TASS news agency that the deadly attack happened Thursday.
“A Russian died as a result of the shark attack,” he said, identifying the victim as 23-year-old “V. Popov,” who he said was not a tourist but had
been living in Egypt for several months. Russian media reports named the
victim as Vladimir Popov.
Terrifying footage of the encounter shows hotel staffers screaming for
swimmers to get out of the water as the shark’s fin can be seen
Popov can then be seen struggling with the shark before it becomes clear
to all those watching that it’s a losing battle. According to Russian
media reports, his father was watching on the beach at the time of the
attack, and Popov had cried out for him as he struggled to escape the
“It’s eating his remains now,” one witness who filmed the attack can be
heard saying. Shortly after, the beast pulled him completely underwater.
Witnesses said rescuers tried to save Popov but by the time they got
there, the shark had already gotten him.
A woman identified in Russian media reports as Popov’s girlfriend
reportedly managed to swim away and escape. Footage showed her crying hysterically on the beach as bystanders tried to comfort her.
Tourists visiting the resort have reportedly now been banned from entering
the water, and those who witnessed the grisly incident were in a state of shock.
“It happened in a second. Rescuers reacted very quickly. For some reason,
I immediately felt that it was a shark. I immediately jumped up and
started shouting: ‘Sharks, sharks! Save yourself!’ Nobody understood yet,”
a witness told Russia’s REN-TV.
“It’s a terrible thing, the remains of this guy are over there. I’m
shaking. Right in front of my eyes, the shark ate that guy. I think I need
a drink. I feel really bad,” another woman told the Baza Telegram channel.
The killer shark was later captured and killed, the Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda reported.