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Part of Egypt's Red Sea coast closed after woman killed in shark attack

After an attack by sharks that claimed the life of an Austrian woman, a portion of the Red Sea Coast has been closed.

The shark attacked the woman, aged 68, as she was swimming near Hurghada resort.

According to an Egyptian official, she was only barely breathing when she reached a nearby hospital.

She died shortly after she had lost her leg and her arm.


According to the Associated Press, the Red Sea governor closed the area for three consecutive days.

All “sea-related activities”, including snorkelling, wind surfing and kite sailing, have been banned.

Hurghada is a popular resort town along Egypt’s Red Sea coast. It is well-known for its scuba diving.

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Although it is very popular among tourists, it is still in the process of recovering from the coronavirus epidemic.

Online video showed that the Mako shark attacked the woman as she was near the shore.

The footage was taken from a nearby pier. It shows the water turning red with blood.

In an effort to help, a few people stood by and tossed a flotation device at her.

It is unclear how she managed to get to the shore.

Shark attacks are very rare in this area.

The latest was in 2020 when a Ukrainian boy and an Egyptian tour guide both lost their arms.

A number of terrorist attacks in 2010 left a European tourist with serious injuries and killed.


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