“According to the information provided by the host country, tourists have purchased the service of scuba diving from excursion yachts from third parties (not from the tour operator or its partners). According to open sources, starting from November 1, 2019, such services are prohibited in the resorts of Sinai to preserve the underwater ecosystem,” the statement said.
“At first, tourists turned to a guide at the hotel to purchase such a tour. They were refused and warned that the Egyptian government has banned diving from boats. After that, tourists decided to buy such a service from third parties outside the hotel they were staying,” the press service added.
It is noted that all victims are in the hospital. The mother received deep bites wounds. The child lost part of the arm below the elbow. Both have already been operated on.
Earlier, a shark attacked a family of Ukrainian tourists in Egypt while they were snorkeling. The Egyptian government took on itself the treatment of Ukrainians, and all necessary medical care is provided to the victims. The Embassy of Ukraine is in contact with the relatives of the victims.
Ukraine’s State Agency for Tourism Development notes that this is not the first time that, despite warnings from tour operators and bans, tourists buy extreme tours from locals outside the hotel. They do not even know that this requires a separate insurance policy.
The Egyptian government earlier has tightened entry rules for tourists. From September 1, tourists will be allowed to enter if they have a negative PCR test.