Man killed in Red Sea shark attack

Shark attack is first such incident in five years
A German tourist has been killed in a shark attack off Egypt’s Red Sea coast. It is the first such incident in five years, when a spate of attacks took place, leading to one death, forcing the closure of part of Sharm El-Sheikh for one week.
The latest attack happened off the city of Al-Qusayr, when a shark, believed to have been an oceanic whitetip, bit part of the leg off the 52-year-old tourist. This is the same species responsible for the 2010 attacks.
The incident comes as Egypt enjoys resurgence in its tourism sector. It saw a 4.5% increase in tourist numbers in 2014, to 10 million arrivals, and a 23.6% increase in tourism revenues. Colliers International anticipates 35% and 97% growth in RevPAR for hotels in Cairo and Sharm El Sheikh, respectively.
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[pictured: Oceanic whitetip photographed at Elphinstone reef, Red Sea, Egypt, accompanied by pilot fish; photo:, Creative Commons license]