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Felixstowe: Diver in brush with Egypt’s killer shark

14:59 15 December 2010

Gary Young from Felixstowe took these photographs of the killer shark in Egypt

Gary Young from Felixstowe took these photographs of the killer shark in Egypt

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IPSWICH: A man today told of the moment he came face to face with the killer Sharm el Sheikh shark – just two days after the beast took the life of a German tourist.

Diver Gary Young has recently been diving in Egypy and has a photo of the actual shart that killed a German lady last week.

Three days after he retired, Gary Young set off with a group of friends from the club Diveline in Ipswich, on a diving holiday staying on the shores of the Red Sea, close to the Sinai Peninsula.

On Sunday, December 5, the day they arrived, they heard news that a 70-year-old German woman had been killed in a shark attack while she was out snorkelling.

Four other tourists were also injured in shark attacks in the area around the same time.

Disappointed at the heavy restrictions imposed, the group were eager to dive.

Gary Young

They had to wait two days for the restrictions to be partially lifted to allow experienced divers in.

While enjoying the scenery in Naama Bay, with his underwater camera in hand, Mr Young said the beast appeared from the depths.

The 65-year-old, of Looe Road, Felixstowe, said the female oceanic whitetip shark swam right up to their group, and it was then they noticed she bore the distinctive mark of the killer creature.

“They are not uncommon in the area, you see oceanic whitetips quite a lot,” he said. “But this one had a chink in her tail, similar to the descriptions given of the shark that killed the German lady.

“I wouldn’t say I wasn’t frightened,” he said. “The fact the attacks had happened and a woman had died and then obviously to come face to face with her, it did make me a bit apprehensive.

“But I have dived with sharks before, and there were between 20 and 30 of us in our group, so it wasn’t too worrying.

“She was beautiful, she swam around us for about five minutes or so. But she didn’t seem bothered by us.”

Upon his return home Mr Young checked out the sighting on Egypt’s Chamber of Diving and Watersports website. There he discovered a report linking the shark he spotted with the fatal attack two days previously.

He added: “It states the shark was still in the area, and was showing a general pattern of travelling between the area of the attacks.

“Unfortunately my pictures don’t show it, but she had the distinctive chink in her tail.

“I am sure it was her.”

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2 comments

  • Mr Young deserves credit for keeping sensible about the threat from sharks and respecting their beauty. Millions of sharks die for shark fin soup and loss of prey such as Blue fin tuna so much so that many sharks are becomming endangered speicies. My comment is that a lot of news reports now say that these sharks may have followed a massive cargo ship carrying thousands of live sheep all the way from Australia to Middle East via the Med and Suez canal be slaughtered for a religious festivals a few weeks prior to the attacks beggining. The cargo is allowed to throw the bodies of the poor animals into the oceans and as there are a large proportion of deaths in the cramped conditions. Some marine scientists now suggest that if sheep died on a daily basis the highly intelligent sharks may have followed the ship for thoasands of miles into the area as it was feeding them a daily basis and like any intelligent creature they would have associated the ship with being fed when it left the med via the suez canal it left the sharks in the Med seeking out more food and thus the sorry situation with tourists ( and now the sharks who are being targetted by the authorities) paying with their lives.

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    Andreas

    Wednesday, December 15, 2010

  • Killed by a Shart in Egypy, its a scary world.

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    uPliKeflyNN

    Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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