Sharm el Sheikh: 12-year-old boy and tour guide lose limbs after shark attack in Egypt

28 October 2020, 12:19 | Updated: 28 October 2020, 13:21

A tourist has lost an arm and a tour guide has lost their leg after a shark attack off the coast of Sharm el Sheikh.

The incident happened over the weekend when two tourists - a Ukrainian mother and son - were snorkelling with the tour guide in Ras Mohammed national park.

The injured were taken to a local hospital and an initial investigation indicated that a 2m (6ft) long Oceanic Whitetip shark was involved.

Ukrainian officials say the 12-year-old boy is now in critical care - and despite surgery, his arm could not be saved.

The Egyptian guide has lost a leg and the mother suffered minor injuries, according to an anonymous local health official.

The area where the attack took place has been closed off.

Shark attacks are rare in the Red Sea area of Egypt - especially in the past few years.

In 2010 however, there were a number of shark attacks that killed one European tourist and seriously injured several others off Sharm el Sheikh.