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Vladimir Popov gobbled up in a shark attack in Egypt

BY Anas Shah Jun 09, 2023. 06:35 pm UPDATED: Jun 09, 2023. 06:35 pm

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According to Russian media accounts, a tiger shark killed a Russian guy swimming at a crowded Egyptian beach on Thursday, including the man’s own father.

A video that claims to be of the attack is making the rounds online and depicts the man being dragged under the water while scared witnesses plead for rescue.

“It’s eating his remains now,” one witness who filmed the incident can be heard saying.

According to a Facebook post from Egypt’s environment ministry, the guy was killed by a tiger shark in close proximity to the Elysees Dream Beach Hotel in the well-known Egyptian resort of Hurghada.

Viktor Voropayev, the general consul of Russia in Hurghada, identified the victim as 23-year-old Russian “V. Popov,” adding that he was not a visitor but had been residing in Egypt for several months, according to the Daily Beast.

Vladimir Popov

Vladimir Popov was eventually found to be his name.

According to reports, Popov’s girlfriend was able to survive the water.

Witnesses reported they attempted to assist Popov but were unable.

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“It happened in a second. Rescuers reacted very quickly. For some reason, I immediately felt that it was a shark. I immediately jumped up and started shouting: ‘Sharks, sharks! Save yourself!’ Nobody understood yet,” a witness told Russian station REN-TV.

“It’s a terrible thing, the remains of this guy are over there. I’m shaking. Right in front of my eyes, the shark ate that guy. I think I need a drink. I feel really bad,” a woman told the Telegram channel Baza.

The shark was captured, according to the authorities, and taken to a lab “for examination and all required information to determine the possible causes of the attack.”

Up until Sunday, there were no permitted water activities in the area.Although there were two shark attacks in Hurghada, Egypt, just days apart last year that claimed the lives of an Austrian and a Romanian tourist, shark attacks are uncommon in Red Sea coastal regions.

Tiger sharks are second to great white sharks in terms of human attacks, according to National Geographic.

“But because they have a near completely undiscerning palate, they are not likely to swim away after biting a human, as great whites frequently do,” the outlet noted.

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