The disfigured body parts of a Russian man eaten alive off a beach at an Egyptian resort are to be passed to his grieving father.Yury Popov is to
The disfigured body parts of a Russian man eaten alive off a beach at an Egyptian resort are to be passed to his grieving father.
Yury Popov is to cremate the remains of his 23-year-old son Vladimir and fly his ashes home following the completion of forensic analysis.
‘The fate of my son is tragic,’ said the father – pictured for the first time – during a meeting with Egyptian officials in Hurghada.
‘It was his destiny,’ the grieving father added.
Young Vladimir was killed last Thursday after he was circled by the pregnant tiger shark and dragged underwater off the coast of Hurghada, eastern Egypt. He could be heard screaming out: ‘Papa, save me!’
Vladimir Popov, 23, (pictured) was killed on Thursday last week in a shark attack in Hurghada
The shark was later caught and clubbed to death on the beach by locals (pictured)
Grieving Yury Popov (left), father of shark attack victim Vladimir Popov, 23, met with Egyptian authorities in Hurghada as he plans funeral for his son
Mr Popov stressed he did not blame the Egyptians for the incident which saw a tiger shark rip apart his IT specialist son and sever his head and hands.
He said that such a tragedy ‘could happen anywhere’.
This is despite claims from a Russian marine biologist that the same shark – probably pregnant – is likely to have killed two women tourists last year.
‘The father of the deceased, at a meeting with the leadership of the province, indicated that he had no claims against the Egyptian authorities in connection with the incident that occurred with his son in the Red Sea,’ reported TASS.
The victim’s distraught mother had to be hospitalised from her home in Balashikha, near Moscow, it was revealed today. She was seen being escorted to an ambulance.
It comes after Egyptian authorities announced the shark is to be mummified and put in a museum.
The tourist’s remains have been handed over to a special company pending repatriation, reported TASS.
Local media reported that specialists at the Institute of Marine Sciences and the Red Sea Reserves have now begun the embalming process for the shark to be put on display.
Vladimir Popov was heard screaming ‘papa’ as he was mauled to death by a shark in Egyptian resort Hurghada on Thursday last week. Pictured: The shark’s fin can be seen just feet away from Vladimir as he attempts to swim away
Tourists watched in horror from the shore as the beast wounded Vladimir Popov before dragging him under the water in the attack last week
A boat is pictured at one of the beaches that have been closed after the shark attack in Hurghada
Vladimir Popov is pictured before he tried to swim away from the shark before he was mauled to death last week
Russian consul general Consul-General Viktor Voropaev said: ‘The deceased Russian’s father, who is in Egypt, will soon receive his remains.’
The diplomat added: ‘The father will deliver his son’s ashes to our home country.’
The consular staff were ‘in constant contact with the father of the deceased and are ready to provide the necessary assistance at any moment.’
Vladimir was not a normal tourist in Egypt, and had been staying with his father in Hurghada at a time when many military-age are going abroad to avoid being called to fight for Vladimir Putin.
Popov’s girlfriend Anastasia was in Russia when the tragedy happened.
Experts say that the female tiger shark’s attack could have been caused either by its forced migration to the Gulf of Suez due to increasing water temperatures in the Red Sea – or the protective reaction of a female in the final stages of pregnancy, reported TASS.