A tragic incident occurred on the shores of Hurghada, a city along Egypt’s Red Sea, where a shark attacked a tourist swimming with his father.
The horrific event was captured on camera by bystanders on nearby boats who could not intervene to prevent the tragedy.
The video shows the unknown man swimming close to the shore of Dream Beach Sheraton when a shark suddenly ambushes him. Caught off guard, the young man frantically struggles in the water as the shark’s fin ominously surfaces next to him.
The victim, a 23-year-old tourist vacationing with his father, can be heard calling out in terror: “Dad, Dad,” just before the surrounding water turns a chilling shade of red.
Exclamations of shock and horror can be heard from other tourists witnessing the dreadful scene. When a rescue boat arrived at the scene, the man was motionless, and the shark had returned, indicating that it was too late to save his life.
Confirming the incident, the Russian consul general in Hurghada, Viktor Voropayev, stated, “A Russian citizen died as a result of a shark attack,” as reported by TASS.
The news source further identified the unfortunate victim as Vladimir Popov.
Popov’s girlfriend, also at the scene, miraculously emerged from the water without injury.
Onlookers say they attempted to aid Popov, but their efforts were futile.
In a quick recounting to Russia’s REN-TV, a witness said, “Everything unfolded in a matter of seconds. The response of the rescuers was immediate. Somehow, I instantly knew it was a shark. I sprang up and began to yell, ‘Sharks, sharks! Get out of the water!’ At that point, nobody fully grasped what was happening.”
In a shaky voice, a distressed woman relayed her eyewitness account to the Telegram channel Baza: “This is horrifying. The remnants of that young man are over there. I’m trembling. I saw the shark devour him right in front of me. I think I could use a drink. I’m feeling upset.”
Following the incident, the local authorities reported that the shark was caught and transported to a laboratory for analysis. The findings will provide much-needed insight into the potential reasons behind the assault. Meanwhile, all nearby water-related activities have been put on hold until Sunday.
The video footage and additional news input are taken from the “NY Post.”