Separate shark attacks killed two women over the weekend in Egypt’s Red Sea.
The two attacks took place close to each other near the Egyptian resort of Hurghada. Reuters I mentioned Sunday. One of the victims, a 68-year-old Austrian woman, was taken to a local hospital on Friday after she lost two limbs in a mako shark attack in the area, the Guardian reported. Associated Press. The woman reportedly died of her injuries after attempts to resuscitate her failed.
Reuters reported that the body of the victim of the other attack, a Romanian tourist in her late forties, was found. (Related: ‘People are very worried’: Shark attack leaves tourist dead at Colombian diving destination)
Egypt has a history of 22 confirmed unprovoked shark attacks, according to data Compiled by the International Shark Attack File of the Florida Museum. A Ukrainian tourist and her son were injured in a shark attack in October 2020 while snorkeling near the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh, it was reported. CNN.
Egyptian officials suspended all water activities in the area of the attacks as local authorities continued their investigations into the incidents. News letters mentioned. It remains unclear whether the same shark was involved in the two attacks.
And the Egyptian Ministry of Environment issued a statement on Sunday, “its sincerest condolences to the families of the two victims” and announced the formation of a “working group” to look into the scientific reasons behind the recent attacks, according to the outlet.