Second woman killed by shark in Red Sea — Analysis

The Egyptian Ministry of Environment stated that local authorities had closed off a portion of the coast to look into the tragic incident.

A second woman has died as the result of a shark attack off the Red Sea coast near the Egyptian town of Hurghada, the country’s Ministry of Environment said on Facebook on Sunday.

“Immediately upon receiving information on the shark attack on two women swimming near the resort of Sahl Hasheesh in Hurghada, Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad gave the directive to establish a working group of specialists of the Red Sea nature reserves,”It read as follows:

After a shark attack on a 68 year-old woman in Austria, news of another victim broke. After suffering severe nerve shock, the victim died shortly after she was transferred to Hurghada’s Nile Hospital.

“Experts are reviewing the circumstances of the incident to accurately determine why the shark behaved the way it did and killed two persons,”The ministry offered condolences and sympathies to the family members of the victims.

City records first fatal shark attack in almost 60 years

On Saturday, authorities in Red Sea closed part of its coast, as well stopping all activity nearby, such as diving, snorkeling windsurfing and kitesailing, for three days.

Although shark attacks in the Red Sea are uncommon, one notable incident occurred in October 2020 when a tour guide and a boy from Ukraine were both severely injured by sandflys.

Five shark attacks occurred in December 2010 near the same place, resulting in the death of a German tourist. Three Russians were also seriously hurt.

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