A 20-year-old Austrian tourist has been injured in a shark attack in Marsa Alam. The tourist, named Christine Schaching, was snorkelling in the Red Sea last Saturday morning when a shark bit her in her right leg.
She was taken to a private hospital in Marsa Alam where she received treatment and was later sent to Austria for a further follow up.
“There is no threat to the Austrian tourist’s life,” medical sources in the Red Sea governorate reported.
The beach where the attack took place has been shut for 48 hours for investigation. There is no clear reason behind the attack but authorities have warned people several times that they should completely avoid feeding fish and sharks.
In 2010, there was a total of three shark attacks in the Red Sea leaving two victims critically injured and one dead.
It is, however, important to remember that the likelihood of being attacked by a shark is very low. The US averages just 19 attacks every year and one fatality every two years, so do not worry! You’ll most probably make it home from vacation just fine!