Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away review: Hunt dirt with Shark’s powerful and versatile cleaner
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to your Dyson, along comes the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away to put the premium vac brand to the test. Shark often compares its products to Dyson’s, and tries to bite into Dyson’s hold of the high-end vac market by claiming superior performance and selling for about half the price. It’s a move that’s gotten Shark caught up in some trouble, but we did think the $200 Rotator Pro compared favorably to the $650 Dyson DC41 and $500 DC65 (now called the Dyson Ball Allergy ).
Dyson upped its game with its Cinetic models, improving fine-particle performance and doing away with the need for the filter. The Rotator Powered model starts off feeling like any other vacuum, but when I started using the attachments and taking advantage of the Lift-Away feature, I understood the charm of Shark’s versatile machine. It’s more chameleon than shark. Lots of vacs can transform to an extent — say from a stick to a handheld — but few make it as easy to shift to as many different configurations as the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away.
It has smartly designed features that actually make the chore of vacuuming less tedious. It’s definitely not perfect — it performs quite well on carpets, but I was disappointed in its ability to adapt to hardwood floors. Still, it provides a fitting counterpunch to the Dyson Cinetic. Given that the Cinetic costs $700 and the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away is only $350, I’d recommend this Shark over that Dyson upright. It’s well worth your consideration as a high powered vacuum at a midrange price.
Coming around for seconds
A lot of the transformative qualities that I found so appealing in the Rotator Powered Lift-Away aren’t new to this specific vacuum. In fact, this Shark is quite similar in many ways to its predecessor, the Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away.
Similar builds between Sharks. Tyler Lizenby/CNET
Both have a button letting you lift the canister free from the wand and motorized head. Both include a caddy with wheels for that canister so you can turn the machine from an upright to a rolling canister vac. Both have a button to release the wand from the motorized head as well, giving the hose that much extra reach. You can secure any attachment to the end of the wand, or press a button to set the wand aside as well and use the handle to maneuver the hose.
Most pieces snap together securely. Three prongs act as plugs beneath each connecting cylinder, so you can send power from the engine through to the motorized head via the wand, or through to the mini motorized tool via the wand or the handle. The smaller attachments that don’t use power don’t have the prongs, and don’t have that satisfying click when you put them in place. Still, they each fit securely enough.
The prongs snap into place and run power from one piece to the next. Tyler Lizenby/CNET
Which attachments you get depends on which version of the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away you buy. Head here for a breakdown of what each model includes. The price of the whole set varies from $299 to $349, and the only difference from one to the next is coloring and number of accessories.
We tested the $350 NV752, and I found the maroon base with silver accents quite appealing. The overall aesthetic has a more modern sheen than the white with red of the Shark Rotator Pro. Even when the Rotator Pro was released, it looked dated. The Rotator Powered vac has no such trouble and looks the part of a high end, stylish machine.
Other than the coloring, though, the two vacs are practically twins. The wheels, the brushroll, even the dustbin, the filter and the mechanic for cleaning both are the same from the older Shark to its younger sibling. That said, we quite liked the older Shark, so the fact that a lot of the mechanics have been brought back is a good thing.
Emptying the roomy dustbin requires you to pull a small trigger at the back of the canister’s handle. It’ll then pull free from the rest of the engine, and you can push a button once it’s over your trash can to flip open the bottom and let the dust dump out. Another button at the top of the container lets you open its lid for further cleaning when necessary.
With the dustbin removed, the main vac filter sits exposed on the remaining part of the vac’s canister. You can pull the foam cylinder free via the small handle that juts from its top. Shark recommends hand-washing both the foam filter and the felt disc beneath it every three months, then letting them air dry before vacuuming again. If needed, you can tap the foam filter over a trash can for day-to-day maintenance.
Since the Dyson Cinetic successfully did away with filters, you’ll spend longer maintaining the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away than its pricey competitor, but not much longer. As a whole, emptying the dust bin and cleaning the filter feels pretty painless, and I like how easy it is to get into the top of the dust bin, letting you get at dirt that might stick near the lid. The process is simple and quick, just like it was on the Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away.
A Shark of a different color
Of course, Shark’s new vac would be pretty disappointing if it was exactly the same as its predecessor, especially since it costs $100 to $150 more. Thankfully, that’s not the case. As noted above, the coloring looks more modern, and there are a few other aesthetic and logistical tweaks. The canister is squared off instead of rounded, the handle is bigger and the power button and height controls now rest on it.
All the buttons you’ll use frequently sit on the handle. Tyler Lizenby/CNET
Having the buttons at your fingertips adds a small but noticeable convenience over the course of long cleaning jobs. The brushroll also gets tied into a slider that adjusts the height of the vac, instead of having its own button. The Rotator Powered vac has three height settings, one for thick carpet, one for low pile, and one for hard floors. Push the slider to that lowest point, and the brushroll automatically turns off to prevent it from scratching your bare floors.
The front of the main vacuum head also has bright LED headlights now, helping you see into dark corners. The old machine had small lights in the same spot, but these are bigger and better. And going along with the theme of making things brighter, the handle now has a small light as well, helping to keep things illuminated even when using attachments.
The bright headlights keep things lit. Tyler Lizenby/CNET
Together, those changes hardly feel worth $150 to me. The big one, though, just might be, as it does a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to making this vac the most flexible one I’ve ever tested.
As noted, both vacs have the Lift-Away button, letting you carry the canister to reach upper corners or set the canister on its caddy to have a whole new type of vac, but the new model lets you keep the wand attached to the powered vacuum head even after you’ve removed the canister. On the old vac, once you detached the canister, you had to use the attachments, on this one, you can still have the full power of the upright with the motorized brushroll while its as thin as a stick vac.
Lift the canister away… Tyler Lizenby/CNET
And because each piece detaches separately now, getting the vac to switch to any desired mode is almost always as simple as pressing a button. On the old vac, pressing the Lift-Away button would remove the canister with the wand still stuck down its back. Now, the wand stays put in the vacuum head.
It’s really awesome how easy it is to transform this vac. You can also stick a pair of attachments onto the back of the main vac or onto the caddy should you want to wheel it as a canister. The NV 752 includes a dusting brush, a dusting genie, a true pet mini-motorized brush, a canister caddy, a pet upholstery tool, and a hard-floor genie with a Swiffer-like pad. It also has a bag to keep things organized.
The benefit of this vac comes from being able to clean anywhere with barely a pause as you go room to room. Clean the floors as an upright, remove the canister to reach under the bed, pull out the wand to get the corners, and move on. It makes it so easy to get the whole job done without stopping that you might almost forget you’re doing a chore.
… and now your upright is a stick vac. Tyler Lizenby/CNET
That’s not to say you’ll never get yourself tangled. Holding the canister, the power cord and the wand with whatever attachment you’re using requires a bit of dexterity on your part and I’d be lying if I said I never got in my own way while using the vac as a stick. And because you have to hold the canister, it’s definitely not as maneuverable as a normal cordless.
However, I got tangled less often than I thought it would. So yes, though you can do almost every task seamlessly, you might have to stop if you need to fetch an accessory since you can only attach two to the body. But this vac comes with an impressive amount of well-implemented features that make the process of vacuuming about as simple as possible.
The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away isn’t perfectly designed, but goodness, it’s close.
The NV752 includes a wide array of attachments. Tyler Lizenby/CNET
You can purchase any model of the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away from Shark’s website. It’s also available from Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond and other vacuum retailers. It’s not currently available overseas.
The Shark Rotator Powered Lift Away can reach, bend and twist to get to just about any surface you need cleaned. Its hard-floor genie even dusts your floors with a Swiffer-like pad while you vacuum hard surfaces. That said, in order for that flexibility to be worthwhile, it has to be powerful enough to actually get those surfaces clean once it reaches them. Thankfully, especially on carpets, it stands with other top full-size uprights in terms of cleaning prowess.
To test our vacuums, we spread pet hair, Fruity Cheerios and sand and task it with picking up each. The first gauges how well vacuums avoid tangles and — more obviously — how well it’ll clean up after your pet. The second, though a bit of a stress test, does a lot to show how well the vacuum handles large particles and sticky items in particular. Sand gives us a great idea of how well the suction of the vac and the brushroll work together to give your carpets a deep clean.
Pet hair, 0.2 oz. (percentage picked up)
Hoover Linx 100 100 100Dyson DC65 Animal 100 100 95Oreck Touch Bagless 100 100 92Electrolux Precision Brushroll Clean 100 100 75Dirt Devil Lift & Go 90 87 100Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Allergy 94 98 54Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away 98 90 25Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away 100 100 0
Note: Longer bars indicate better performance
On pet hair, the Rotator Powered Lift-Away fares quite well, though it finished next to last overall among competent competition because it struggled to suck up hair on hardwood. On carpets, it consistently grabbed everything with only minor tangles, but the lip of the vac was too low to the surface on hardwood, and it ended up pushing around the hair instead of pulling it into the dustbin.
The hard-floor genie helped a lot here, and snagged 99 percent of pet hair. Using that for the averages, the Shark Rotator Power would have finished in fourth, just behind the excellent Oreck Touch . It’s a good vac when it comes to cleaning up after your pet. The attachments help here, and I was able to use the extra tools to get hair off of upholstery quickly.
Fruity Cheerios, 1 oz. (percentage picked up)
Hoover Linx 100 100 100Oreck Touch 97 95 92Dyson DC65 Animal 100 100 80Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Allergy 87 99 90Electrolux Precision Brushroll Clean 88 90 93Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away 88 97 73Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away 100 97 35Dirt Devil Lift & Go 87 73 52
Note: Longer bars indicate better performance
It again did well with large particles on carpet, but like with pet hair, the overall average suffered because of hardwood. On carpet, it snagged almost every single Cheerio and the sticky cereal didn’t clog any opening or slow the suction. On hardwood, the front lip couldn’t get over the top of the particles and it struggled as a result.
Even the hard-floor genie couldn’t help with Cheerios. Tyler Lizenby/CNET
The hard-floor genie didn’t help here, as the Cheerios were still too tall for it. If you have toddlers, you’ll want to keep the broom and dustpan handy. You won’t have to spend long sweeping though, because the Shark will grab all the little stuff for you.
On sand, it aced the test on hardwood, getting 100 percent. Surprisingly, it fared slightly worse with the genie, getting only 95 percent. That elevates its total at small particle cleaning over the Dyson Ball Allergy, and it finishes right in line with the older Shark. The Dyson Cinetic, with its filterless approach designed specifically for fine-particle cleaning, wins this battle.
5 oz. (percentage picked up)
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Allergy 84 95 96Oreck Touch 83 91 99Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away 78 73 100Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away 71 82 99Dyson DC65 Animal 65 79 99Dirt Devil Lift & Go 63 76 85Electrolux Precision Brushroll Clean 59 64 97Hoover Linx 34 48 99
Note: Longer bars indicate better performance
Shark does well on carpets, getting about three quarters of the sand, and this is designed to be a hard test, so it’s certainly more than competent as a deep cleaner. It just didn’t quite have the extra oomph of the Dyson Cinetic or the Oreck Touch.
Between the main vac and the attachments, you can suck up just about anything with the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away. It does well enough on every test to live up to its versatile build. It might not be able to keep up with the Dyson Cinetic at deep cleaning, but it’s much more well-rounded.
When vacuuming on carpet with the $350 Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away, the rapidly spinning brushrolls actually help propel the vacuum when you push it. It seems to race forward with little to no effort on your part. You almost feel like you could sit back and watch it attack, as though this Shark smelled blood in the water. When it comes time to get under the furniture, the canister pulls free leaving you with the thinness of a stick vac while keeping the power of a full-size upright. Even corners and shelves are no match for the easy-to-use wand and attachments.
Hardwood floors are a little different. You can get fine particles with the normal vacuum and pet hair with the hard-floor genie, but you might want to keep the broom and dustpan around for big particles. If your home is mostly hard floors, you should look for a different machine. For a simple vac that’s good on all floor surfaces, check out the $400 Oreck Touch . But this Shark thrives on carpet and does more than that Oreck for $50 less. It’s a potent, adaptable predator that leaves dirt nowhere to hide.
Shark Rotator Lift-Away Vacuum Review — Impressive Suction for ~$200
The Shark Rotator Lift-Away is a combination upright vacuum that can adapt to different messes.
Use it as a traditional upright, or lift the dust canister out and use it as large handheld with crevice hose and wand. This vacuum has nice maneuverability and the size to handle even very large messes.
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Shark Rotator Lift-Away
The Shark Rotator Pro is a good choice for the user who is looking for an upright vacuum that has the ability to turn into a handheld. This vacuum cleaner comes equipped with a lot of tools, allowing for deeper cleans.Check Price
- Multiple configurations for a variety of messes
- Strong degree of suction for tough debris fields
- A little heavy when used as a handheld
- Multiple filters to replace means a bit more maintenance
The Shark Rotator Lift-Away is an upright vacuum with a sleek design and extra large dust canister. This vacuum is a bit of a 2-in-1 design since the canister can lift out of the body of the vacuum and be used as a handheld vacuum.
This model has advanced swivel steering with LED lights.
For cleaning, this vacuum is designed with a 9.5” wide cleaning path and a large dust bin that can hold 1.3 dry quarts of dust and debris.
Aesthetically, the Shark Rotator has a modern white body with pops of bright red accents and a see-through canister.
Designed In Parts
The design of the Shark Rotator Lift-Away is unique in that it disassembles into many parts.
This allows the vacuum to be assembled as an upright, a handheld, use wands or hoses, and offers 4 different attachment nozzles for unique situations.
How it Cleans
The Shark Rotator Lift-Away cleans using a combination of brush and suction. The roller brush at the base of the vacuum helps to loosen dirt and debris from carpet fibers, while the suction lifts the debris away and into the debris canister.
Once inside the debris canister, this vacuum seals the dirt in using their Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology. This is basically a fancy phrase to say that they work really hard to keep even the smallest debris inside the canister and out of the air.
With the Rotator Pro vacuum, you have the option of using it as an upright or popping the canister out and using it as a handheld vacuum. Additionally, Shark offers a caddy base with wheels which would allow you to wheel the handheld unit around the house and use the suction hose with handheld attachments.
FAQ: Need a handheld vacuum for pets? See our Bissell pet hair eraser handheld vacuum review
At 15.5 pounds, this vacuum would not be considered lightweight so users who are concerned about the sheer mass may really enjoy this wheeled caddy base option.
Once you are done cleaning, you can empty the debris canister by releasing it from the upright and with the push of a button, the debris empties directly into the trash can below.
Roller Brush Head
The underside of the Shark Rotator uses a rolling brush head to help suck up dust and debris and empty it into the dust bin.
For hard flooring, there is an option to turn off the rollers.
Size & Dimensions
The Shark Rotator Lift-Away is 45.7 inches (slightly more than 3.5 feet) tall and 12 inches wide. The actual cleaning path is 9.5 inches wide, which makes it a good option for whole home cleaning.
The head of the vacuum is 3 inches tall, so it’s able to squeeze under most, but not all furniture.
As for the weight, this vacuum is a bit of a heavy-weight at 15.5 pounds when used as an upright.
When used as a handheld, the weight decreases down to 8 pounds. It’s a little heavy for a handheld vacuum as well, but the Shark roller caddy does remedy this a bit since the wheeled base would support a majority of the weight.
Accessories & Parts
The Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away upright vacuum includes the following parts and accessories:
- Dust-Away hardwood floor tool
- Dusting brush
- Crevice tool
- Upholstery tool
- Pet power brush
- HEPA Filter Set (3 count – foam and felt)
The Shark Rotator Lift-Away includes three attachments for the handheld unit, including a crevice tool, dusting brush and pet power brush. For parts, the main one that you would have to worry about replacing is the filter set.
This set includes 3 separate filters, which work together to filter the debris and keep it from leaking back into the air.
- Dust-away tool
- Dusting brush
- Upholstery tool
- Crevice tool
- Pet brush
The following vacuum cleaner tests are designed to show how the Shark Rotator Lift-Away upright vacuum performs on different surfaces, picking up a variety of debris types.
We test on 3 different floor types, including hardwood floors, low pile carpet, and high pile carpet. For each floor type we test the vacuum cleaner against:
- Rice – 3 ounces
- Dry Cereal – 1 ounce
- Kitty Litter – 3 ounces
- Sugar – 3 ounces
Each of the aforementioned debris types were spread across our approximately 11 square foot testing lane. The base surface of our testing lane is an engineered hardwood floor. For our carpet tests we slide in a low pile and high pile carpet insert on top of the hardwood floor.
Our vacuum cleaning process strives to be as consistent, fair, and true to real world use as possible. Our tests utilize the following procedure:
- Measure the weight of the testing debris and weight of empty vacuum debris container
- Spread the respective debris type evenly across the central portion of the testing lane
- Run the vacuum cleaner over the testing lane
- Measure the weight of the now filled container and take notes on the cleaning performance
Testing Debris – From left to right: Rice (3 oz.), Kitty Litter (3 oz), Cereal (1 oz), Sugar (3 oz)
While testing this Shark vacuum on the hardwood flooring, each of the debris types were easily cleaned up, with the exception of the cereal.
Although the cereal did not test as well as the other debris types, the Shark was still able to tackle it for the most part. After pushing the cereal for about a foot, the vacuum was able to roll over the cereal, crush it, and suck it up into the dust bin.
Rice, kitty litter, and sugar were easily handled by the Shark Rotator Pro vacuum while sitting on the hardwood floor.
Low Pile Carpet
The Shark Rotator vacuum cleaner actually performed better throughout the low pile carpet tests as compared to the hardwood floor tests. While on carpet, this Shark vacuum has a button that turns on the brushroll, creating a self-propelled movement at which it sucks up the tough messes.
The Shark struggled slightly more to handle the sugar test on the low pile vs. the hardwood, however, it still managed a solid 84% clean rate.
High Pile Carpet
The high pile carpet test was a bit more of a struggle for the Shark Rotator Pro vacuum. Rice and kitty litter were no match for this vacuum, as both debris were cleaned up by more than 90%.
On the other hand, cereal and sugar were a bit tougher. After turning the brushroll on, the vacuum sank into the high pile carpet, leaving the cereal sitting higher than the vacuum itself.
Therefore, it was nearly impossible for the unit to suck up the cereal.
With regards to sugar, the vacuum did not have enough power to grab the particles that sank deeper into the carpet. This Shark vacuum cleaner did not perform terribly during the sugar test, but I would have liked to see it do a bit better.
The usability of the Shark Rotator Lift-Away upright is pretty straight-forward for general vacuuming and a little more complicated for the handheld configurations.
As an upright, it was simple to turn the vacuum on and off as well as turn the roller brush on or off for different surface types. Bright red buttons provide a nice accent to the crisp white body of the vacuum. These pops of red makes it a little easier for the user to locate buttons and switches.
There’s a brushroll indicator light at the base of the vacuum which takes the guesswork out of whether or not the rolls are spinning.
One feature that can be used as an upright or a handheld vacuum is the suction hose.
The hose is 8.4′ and attaches to any of the nozzle attachments.
To remove the hose from the upright unit, simply squeeze the tabs and pull the hose out.
During our tests, I found this hose to be very useful with the attachments and provided increased maneuverability and access to tight spaces.
Maneuverability plays a few different roles when it comes to this Shark vacuum cleaner. If the vacuum is being used as upright, mobility is somewhat limited.
- Weight: 15. 5 lbs. (upright) & 8.4 lbs (handheld)
- Power: 30′ cord
- Hose: 100″
- Turning: 45°
- Height: 3″ cleaning deck
- Pivot: 130° back pivot
- Width: 9.5″ cleaning path
The vacuum is able to turn at a 45 degree angle, but it almost feels forced at times.
After testing other vacuums, such as the Electrolux Ergorapido with a 180 degree turn radius, the Shark Rotator Pro does not necessarily sweep me off my feet.
That said, once the vacuum is turned into a handled, maneuvering around becomes much easier. The only downfall of the handheld configuration is weight.
The vacuum has a 30 foot cord, so distance is no issue with this unit. Holding the vacuum up to use it as a handheld is probably the most daunting task associated with this vacuum cleaner.
When it comes to cleaning stairs, corners, edges, and other hard to reach places, this Shark vacuum excels. It was able to reach all of those areas with ease after swapping around individual pieces and accessories.
The following table indicates the frequency at which you will likely want to replace the various parts and components of the vacuum. However, your individual experiences may vary.
|Accessory / Part||Replacement Frequency||Replacement Cost|
|Foam filters||12 months||Check Price|
|HEPA filter||24 months||Check Price|
|Burhsroll||24 months||Check Price|
Annual maintenance costs on the Shark Rotator should be around $17 / year.
This includes replacing the foam filters every year and replacing the HEPA filter and brushroll every 2 years.
All vacuum cleaner reviews on Modern Castle are put through our standard noise test. For this test, we use a sound meter to measure noise in terms of decibel level approximately 3 feet away from the vacuum.
At 3 feet away, the Shark Rotator Lift-Away upright vacuum emits 80 dB of sound.
So the big question here- is the Shark Rotator Pro upright vacuum worth the money? To really assess the value, we look at a variety of factors, but overall we’re comparing the design, cleaning performance, usability, and maintenance, vs. the cost.
This upright vacuum cleaner is sold in the lower to medium price tier, which includes the body, initial set of filters and all accessory nozzles and hoses. Considering that the Shark Rotator Pro is a 2-in-1 and serves the purpose of an upright and a handheld, this vacuum is an above average value in my opinion.
The Shark Rotator Pro also comes with a 5 year limited warranty to help protect the investment should an unexpected defect or decline in performance occur. However, it is important to note on the warranty that:
Non-durable parts including, without limitation, filters, brushes and electrical parts which normally require replacement are specifically excluded from warranty.
While the weight of the vacuum, turning radius, and larger debris cleaning tests (namely, cereal) leave something to be desired, overall, the performance was strong, especially consider the lower price tag.
Below is a complete list of important specifications and features included on the Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away upright vacuum:
|Type||2-in-1 (Upright & Handheld)|
|Model||Rotator Lift-Away NV501|
|Cordless||No – 30 foot cord|
|Returns||Varies by retailer|
Who Should Buy the Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away Vacuum?
After putting this vacuum through several tests, analyzing the data, and taking a look at all it has to offer, I must say I am overall impressed with the Shark Rotator Pro. This unit excelled through most of our tests, costs less than most others, and is able to change form into either an upright or a handheld with a simple process.
I would recommend the Shark Rotator Lift-Away if you’re looking for the following features in a 2-in-1 upright vacuum.
- Like the idea of two vacuums in one – As a 2-in-1 vacuum, the Shark Rotator Pro is able to be pushed around as a sturdy upright, or removed for a durable and powerful handheld. Either configuration offers strong suction and a plethora of extra tools for specific cleaning styles.
- Don’t mind a slightly heavier unit – As an upright, this vacuum comes in with a total weight of 15.5 pounds. Once removed and turned into a handheld, the Shark weighs 8 pounds. Neither are particularly light options, so you will want to be sure you’re okay with the heavier build before purchasing.
- Want a few extra bells and whistles – This vacuum comes with some extra bells and whistles that not all vacuums have. For example, headlights, a brushroll indicator light, and 5 extra tools.
For more information on the Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away visit here.
- Design – 94%
- Performance – 86%
- Quality – 93%
- Usability – 93%
- Value – 91%
The Shark Rotator Pro lift away vacuum cleaner is a 2-in-1 upright / handheld machine. The vacuum can be used in standard upright mode or converted to handheld for easier mobility. While the Shark Rotator did struggle with our cereal debris testing, overall, its performance was very strong. Ultimately, the Shark Rotator vacuum is an above average value and provides great flexibility and usability through a variety of tools and attachments.
“Screamed” Papa “. Shark mauled a Russian on the beach of Hurghada
A shark tore to pieces a 23-year-old Russian on the beach in Hurghada, the incident occurred 30 meters from the shore. There were a lot of people around, but, as the father of the deceased said, everything happened too quickly to be able to provide any help. According to him, “this meat grinder” happened in 20 seconds, and the fish almost immediately dragged the young man under the water. The shark was later caught by the Coast Guard, but swimming in the Red Sea is still prohibited. For more details, see the Gazeta.Ru article.
A shark attacked a vacationer near Dream Beach in Hurghada. The man died from his injuries.
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The deceased is a citizen of the Russian Federation born in 1999. He moved to Egypt this year.
“The Consulate General of Russia in Hurghada expresses its sincere condolences to the families and friends of the Russian who died as a result of the shark attack,” the Russian Consulate General in Egypt reported in Telegram.
As one eyewitness told Baza, a young man was mauled by a shark in front of his father. During the attack, he shouted “Dad!”.
When the shark swam close to the people, the girl of the deceased was also in the water. She managed to get ashore and was not hurt.
According to Shot , the incident occurred approximately 30 meters from the shore.
A shark’s fin has been seen above the water for several days in a row, but the rescuers were sure it was a dolphin.
“It’s an absolute ludicrous coincidence because it’s a safe beach. Around the ships and yachts. There has never been such a thing. They usually attack on wild beaches. It’s just some kind of bad luck,” the father of the deceased told Telegram channel 112.
According to him, no one could help his son, since everything happened too quickly. “This meat grinder happened in 20 seconds,” he stated.
A man plans to cremate his son’s body in Egypt and take his ashes to Russia.
What is happening at the resorts
The Russian diplomatic mission urged Russian citizens to remain vigilant when in the water, strictly follow the bans on swimming and diving established by the Egyptian authorities, and strictly observe all coast guard signals.
The source of RIA Novosti reported that after the incident, the authorities of the Red Sea province ordered to close all the beaches of Hurghada. At the same time, ATOR claims that the Egyptian authorities have not yet announced the closure of any swimming beaches. “If this happens, we will notify the tourists in due course,” promised Artur Muradyan, vice-president of the association.
“According to current information, everything is in order with the clients of Russian tour operators in Egypt,” he said.
Gazeta.Ru contacted Tatiana, a Russian woman, who is now on vacation in Hurghada. Her hotel is just over two kilometers from where the attack took place.
“We are on the beach at The Grand Hotel. At 4 p.m., all vacationers were asked to get out of the water. Nothing was explained, but it was clear that the hotel staff were fussing. When everyone got out of the water, they hung a red flag and no longer explained why it was impossible to go to sea. Now no one is allowed into the sea, ”shared the interlocutor of our publication.
Another tourist, Anastasia, said that the beach staff near their hotel started kicking everyone out of the water, citing an oil spill.
“They are not allowed into the sea, everything is closed. And you don’t want to go there either. No information from the locals. They said the oil was spilled. There would be no honest shouting: “shark!”, She said.
Three red flags were also hung on the beach of the Aladdin Hotel in Hurghada. Until now, the sea is closed for vacationers, it is also forbidden to climb the piers.
Eyewitnesses later told Shot that rescuers caught a shark that was swimming near Dream Beach. It is not known for sure if this is the right fish. There are fears that other predators will come to the smell of human blood.
The Arab Association for the Protection of Wildlife (AFWP) has repeatedly stated that it is not natural behavior for a shark to attack a person. Nevertheless, attacks on a person occur in the resorts of Egypt almost every season. According to one version of the authorities, the attacks are due to the practice of feeding fish from tourist boats.
Last summer, shark attacked a tourist in Hurghada and bit off her arm and leg.
The woman later died in the hospital. She was an Austrian citizen.
In the fall of 2010, a series of shark attacks on vacationers took place in the Egyptian Sharm el-Sheikh. Then three Russians and one citizen of Ukraine were injured, some of them had to amputate their limbs. A 71-year-old German citizen died as a result of her injuries.
“I didn’t scream or cry.” What is known about a shark attack on a woman in Egypt
In Egypt, a 68-year-old woman died as a result of a shark attack near the pier of one of the hotels. She died in an ambulance from pain shock. Eyewitnesses said that the rescuers did not even have life buoys – other vacationers tried to help the woman. Professor of the Department of Ichthyology of Moscow State University Kirill Kuzishchin, in a conversation with Gazeta.Ru, stated that a person in the water is completely powerless in front of a shark.
The incident occurred in southern Egypt on Friday, July 1, in the Sahl Hasheesh region. Near the pier of the Tropitel Sahl Hasheesh hotel south of Hurghada, a shark attacked 68-year-old Austrian citizen Elizabeth Squire, reports the portal Al Akhbar .
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As a result of attacks Predator woman lost an arm and a leg. She was taken to the hospital from the scene of the incident, but the doctors could not save the victim – she died from pain shock while still in the ambulance.
It is known that Squire was not a tourist: she lived permanently in Egypt for the last few years and was married to an Egyptian.
“Fought off the shark with her hands”
The Telegram channel “Caution, the news” contacted Russian tourists who witnessed the tragedy.
The shark may have been attracted to a large concentration of fish, they believe. Nearby tourists quickly got out of the water and tried to distract the predator from the prey.
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Experts are investigating the causes of the shark’s aggressive behavior. Local authorities have imposed a three-day ban on swimming, diving, snorkeling and fishing from the Sahl Hasheesh area to Makadi Bay. It is possible that these restrictions will be extended.
“The fact is that the reasons for the shark’s swim in the hotel bay and its presence near the coastline are still unknown. According to one version, this could have been provoked by the recent collapse of a barge in the Hurghada region. There were several thousand sheep on the ship. The current could carry the carcasses of dead animals to the tourist resting places and, accordingly, attract marine predators there,” writes TourDom.ru .
The publication also gives a story witnesses of what happened. “At first, the woman still fought her off with her hands, but at first the shark bit off her leg with a flipper, then her arm, and already threw it onto the corals, and she was already sitting on the corals. She’s in shock. She didn’t even scream, didn’t cry, nothing… And now the people are already here just screaming. Rescuers run, no circles, nothing. There is nothing to throw. The Russians guessed to throw the hose, tied the load from the scuba gear, threw it twice – probably 7-8 meters.
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Literally two minutes – and she had already lost consciousness, she lay down right there on the water, just lay there.
And one German from our hotel grabbed the board – it was lying next to the rescuers on the pier. He threw him into the water, went down. There, from the pier to the water, there was about a meter or more, but he somehow managed to get off. And on this side, he already swam up to her, ”he said.
Many tourists wonder why there were no rescuers around at the time of the accident. In their opinion, special mesh barriers against sharks should be installed near hotels, and regular monitoring of the situation in the sea should be carried out.
“Attack can be lightning-fast”
Shark attack in this tourist area is not surprising, since any tropical sea is a potentially dangerous place where a predator can attack a person, said Kirill Kuzishchin, professor at the Department of Ichthyology of Moscow State University. “It doesn’t have to be a great white shark, because at least 10 shark species can inflict such severe wounds.
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Shark is a large, fast, very smart and intelligent marine predator.
Sharks attack large prey and have well developed jaws, advanced sensory systems, advanced brains. The task of the rescue service is to look out for any potential victim and drive people out of the water. If such a service is established, then it is necessary to unquestioningly obey its instructions. If they say “from the water”, then from the water. Because in reality a person can see a shark that is approaching him on the surface. But a person at a decent depth is not able to understand that something is moving from the depth. And the attack can be lightning fast,” he explained “Gazete.Ru” , stating that a person in the water is completely powerless in front of a shark.