Sharm el-Sheikh reopened for swimming

by Alister POOLE on December 14, 2010

Egyptian officials have allowed the beaches at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to be reopened after several shark attacks and one death.

The resort’s beaches first closed in November when two Russian snorkelers were attacked, but reopened later in December. However, the beaches were once again shut down for swimming after a German tourist was fatally mauled by a shark not far from the shoreline.

Since the elderly German woman was attacked, four other holidaymakers have been injured in similar attacks. The Egyptian government was forced to close swimming areas, while authorities looked into the incident, however, it has since been allowed to reopen with new safety measures in place.

South Sinai Governor Mohamed Abdel Fadil Shousha told the press that the beaches were reopened to swimmers on the condition that hoteliers adhere to a series of strict new guidelines. Among these, divers will be placed at watch stations in the sea to look for shark activity. The government will also keep patrol boats off the coastline to keep an eye out for any danger.

Mr Shousha said that swimmers would also be told not to feed the sharks. There are growing concerns in the country that the attacks could hurt the nation’s tourist sector, which brings in foreign currency for Egypt and creates numerous jobs.

{ 2 comments }

Robbie December 15, 2010 at 6:36 am

Silly rules they won’t stay in place for more then a few days.

Brian Thompson December 15, 2010 at 11:43 am

I do not believe this….There have been four more attacks since the German lady was killed and all they can say is “do not feed the sharks ” And what good is a patrol boat off the shoreline??? keeping an eye out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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