Second woman killed in shark attack off Egypt’s Red Sea | world news

A second woman has been killed in a shark attack off the coast of Egypt’s Red Sea.

The body of a Romanian tourist in his late forties was discovered near the seaside town of Hurghada just hours after a separate fatal attack on a 68-year-old Austrian woman

Both attacks took place within 600 meters of each other, off the coast of Sahl Hasheesh, and video posted online suggests a shortfin shark was involved in at least one incident.

The Governor of the Red Sea Governorate, Major General Amr Hanafi, has issued an order to suspend all activities in the area surrounding the attacks.

All “sea activities” are prohibited, including diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kite sailing and fishing boats.

Shark attacks are rare in the area, and the latest incidents are believed to be the first since 2020.

The Austrian woman was swimming when she was attacked and lost a leg and arm.

She was barely alive when she arrived at a nearby hospital and died shortly after, according to an Egyptian health official.

Video posted online indicated the woman was attacked by a Mako shark while near shore.

In the footage, shot from a nearby pier, the water around her turned red with blood.

Hurghada, a seaside town that stretches for about 40 kilometers along Egypt’s Red Sea coast, is best known for its diving.

The attacks come as the resort began to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Egypt’s environment ministry said in its statement that a commission had been formed to investigate the circumstances of the attacks and the scientific reasons behind them.

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