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Two women killed in shark attacks off Egypt’s Red Sea coast


A mako shark

A mako shark

A mako shark

Two women have been killed in separate shark attacks on Egypt’s Red Sea coast.

On Friday, the body of a 40-year-old Romanian woman was found near the coast of Sahl Hasheesh hours after the Austrian woman, aged 68, had her arm and leg torn off by a shark.

The Austrian tourist has been named as Elisabeth Sauer, who served as a Green Party councillor from 1998 to 2004. Ms Sauer was taken to hospital but succumbed to her injuries and shock.

Authorities have closed several beaches across the Red Sea coast after the attacks.

All sea activities and watersports were banned for three days. A ban has also been placed on fishing boats on the waters off the city of Hurghada.

Videos taken from a nearby pier and shared online show a mako shark in the water, suggesting it was involved at least one of the incidents .

Egyptian authorities have formed a committee to investigate the incidents taking place in a major tourist area just 600 metres apart form each other.

Sharks are not usually found near the shore of the Red Sea, especially mako sharks.

An estimated 65pc of people who travel to Egypt on holiday visit the Red Sea region.

It was not immediately clear if the authorities believe the attacks were by the same shark.

While shark attacks in the region are rare, at least five tourists have been killed in the area since 2010.

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In December 2010 three Russians and one Ukrainian were seriously injured within minutes of each other and four days later a German woman was killed, when she was attacked near the shoreline. (© Telegraph Media Group Ltd 2022)

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