Russian Tourist Fatally Attacked by Tiger Shark in Egypt | First Shark Bite Fatality of 2023 | Victim Identified as Vladimir Popov

By | July 17, 2023



In June, a tragic incident occurred in Hurghada, Egypt, when a Russian tourist was attacked and killed by a tiger shark. This unfortunate event marks the first fatality in 2023 due to a shark bite. According to reports, the attack took place at the Dream Beach Sheraton resort, where the tourist was swimming far from the shore and was repeatedly struck by the shark.

The horrifying attack was captured on video by onlookers who witnessed the victim swimming and surfacing in a peculiar manner while being attacked by the shark. The footage shows the shark charging at the tourist multiple times, with the second phase of the attack proving to be fatal. Unfortunately, one of the boats present at the scene failed to save the victim, who cried out for help before being devoured by the shark.

The victim has been identified as 23-year-old Vladimir Popov, according to the Russian news agency Tass. Witnesses have claimed that the shark also injured two other tourists during the incident.

While this incident is undoubtedly tragic, it is essential to understand the overall risk of a shark attack. In the USA, the chances of dying from a shark attack are reported to be 1 in 3,748,067. This statistic highlights that the likelihood of dying from other animal attacks, such as wasps, dogs, or snakes, is higher compared to shark attacks. In 2022, there were a total of 108 shark attacks in the US, with 57 classified as unprovoked bites or attacks, according to the International Shark Attack File (ISAF).

It is crucial to approach this incident with caution and respect for the ocean’s inhabitants. While shark attacks are rare, it is always advisable to follow safety protocols and be aware of any warnings or advisories issued by local authorities when swimming in areas known for shark activity..