Two females, 1 Austrian and the other Romanian, have been killed in a shark assault this week off the coastline of Egypt, Egypt’s environment ministry and the tourists’ respective overseas ministries stated Sunday.
“Two girls have been attacked by a shark whilst swimming” in the Sahl Hasheesh area south of Hurghada on the Pink Sea, the Egyptian ministry stated Sunday on Fb, reporting that both equally died.
Austrian news company APA said 1 of the women of all ages was a 68-yr-outdated from the country’s Tyrol area who was holidaying in Egypt.
Austria’s international ministry confirmed to media Sunday “the dying of an Austrian citizen in Egypt”, without the need of giving more particulars.
Citing facts acquired from Egyptian authorities, Romania’s overseas ministry confirmed to media on Sunday “the loss of life of a Romanian citizen” which “appeared” to have been brought about by a “shark attack” off Hurghada.
Crimson Sea governor Amr Hanafi had on Friday requested the closure of all beaches in the place for 3 days immediately after “an Austrian tourist had her remaining arm torn off, seemingly in a shark assault”.
Social media end users on Friday shared a online video — the authenticity, date and area of which AFP could not independently verify — exhibiting a swimmer battling right before what appeared to be a pool of blood emerged all-around her.
A endeavor pressure is performing to “establish the scientific triggers and instances of the assault” and determine “the reasons powering the shark’s conduct that resulted in the incident”, the ecosystem ministry explained on Sunday.
The Purple Sea is a preferred tourist vacation spot, wherever sharks are common but not often attack men and women swimming inside authorised limits.
In 2018, a Czech tourist was killed by a shark off a Red Sea seaside. A comparable attack killed a German tourist in 2015.
In 2010, a spate of five attacks in five days unusually close to the shore of tourist hotspot Sharm el-Sheikh killed a single German and hurt 4 other international travellers.
Egypt is at this time battling to get over rising inflation and forex weakness.
The region depends greatly on tourism revenues from the Purple Sea, which accounts for some 65% of holidaymakers browsing the place.
The tourism field has been battered by successive blows above the past decade, which includes the country’s 2011 rebellion, ensuing unrest and the coronavirus pandemic.