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Second woman killed in shark attack off Egypt's Red Sea coast

A shark attack on Egypt’s Red Sea coast has resulted in the death of a second woman.

A body belonging to a Romanian tourist was found near Hurghada in her late twenties, hours after another fatal attack against a 68 year-old Austrian woman.

The attacks occurred within 600m of each other off the coast Sahl Hasheesh. A video posted online shows that at least one of them was caused by a mako shark.

Major General Amr Hanafi (Gouvernor of the Red Sea Governorate) has ordered that all activity in the immediate vicinity of the attacks be suspended.

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

Shark attacks in the area are very rare, with the most recent incidents occurring since 2020.

The attack on the Austrian woman happened while she was swimming. She also lost a leg.

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

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.

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

These attacks occurred as the resort was beginning to recover from the coronavirus epidemic.

The statement by Egypt’s Ministry of Environment stated that a committee was established to investigate the circumstances of the attacks as well as any scientific explanations.

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