On Friday, a tourist from the Czech Republic died off the coast of Egypt's Red Sea after he was attacked by a shark. The body of the man, who is reportedly in his forties, was found on a beach in Marsa Alam, a southeastern Egyptian town.
The official warned swimmers in the area to take precautionary measures before going into deep waters.
"There is no problem in diving around Marsa Alam, but people who swim on the surface in deep waters beyond the coral can be vulnerable to attacks," he said.
This wouldn't be the first death in Marsa Alam in recent years
"The woman's leg showed visible bite marks, and she likely bled to death before being lifted to the surface," a medical source said at the time, according to Reuters.
Sharks are commonly found in the area, however, attacks are quite rare.
According to Marsa Alam's website, common species found in the Red Sea include "oceanic whitetip, scalloped hammerhead, silky shark, silvertip shark, tiger shark, whale shark, whitetip reef shark, zebra shark, and grey reef shark".