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

The first shark attack victim died earlier in the day 600 meters from where the second victim died.

 Great white shark (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Great white shark
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Two women were killed in shark attacks in Egypt's Red Sea, south of the city of Hurghada, the Egyptian Ministry of Environment said on Sunday.

Two sources told Reuters that the body of a Romanian tourist in her late forties was discovered hours after an attack that left a 68-year-old Austrian woman dead. Both attacks happened within 600 meters of each other, off the coast of Sahl Hasheesh, according to the sources.

The ministry said in its statement that a committee had been formed to examine the circumstances of the attacks and any scientific reasons behind them.

activity suspended in the area

It also mentioned that the Governor of the Red Sea Governorate, Major General Amr Hanafi, has issued an order to suspend all activity in the area surrounding the attacks.

 Israeli divers prepare to scuba dive off the Red Sea resort of Eilat on December 12, 2021.  (credit: RONEN ZVULUN/REUTERS) Israeli divers prepare to scuba dive off the Red Sea resort of Eilat on December 12, 2021. (credit: RONEN ZVULUN/REUTERS)

The first victim was transferred to a local private hospital, a source at the Red Sea Health Affairs Directorate told Reuters. He added that there were attempts to resuscitate her, but she died from her injuries.

A security source also added that the Austrian woman had been living in Egypt over the past five years with her Egyptian husband.