August 15, 2022

Two ladies have died in a shark assault inside 650ft of one another at a vacationer hotspot in Egypt as the primary sufferer has been named as a 68-year-old pensioner from Austria. 

Egyptian authorities admitted at present one other lifeless physique was pulled out of the ocean on Friday after being positioned on a reef in Sahl Hasheesh, south of Hurghada, in keeping with eyewitnesses.

The girl’s id has not been revealed however she is believed to have been a Romanian vacationer who was staying at adults solely Premiere Le Reve 5 star lodge. 

The native Inexperienced Get together in Kramsach, Tyrol named Elisabeth Sauer, who was native councillor from 1998 to 2004, as the primary lady who was attacked at round similar time as the opposite vacationer.   

She was strolling in shallow water whereas utilizing a snorkel with fins not removed from the seashore close to Hurghada and instructed her associate, an Austrian of Egyptian descent, ‘I’ll return in for a second’.

Footage then reveals her desperately making an attempt to get in the direction of security with the help of a flipper because the waters round her turned scarlet pink in Sahl Hasheesh bay, south of Hurghada, within the Purple Sea.

Terrified onlookers tried to distract the predator, which is believed to be both a Mako or a Oceanic whitetip shark, however nobody jumped in to assist her. 

An Egyptian well being official mentioned she was then taken to the non-public Nile Hospital the place she couldn’t be resuscitated and is believed to have died from ‘painful shock’ – probably a coronary heart assault. 

It’s thought she had been within the nation for a month, arriving on June 2, together with her associate and was as a consequence of return house at present. 

Yesterday, officers on the Purple Sea Governorate instructed reporters that space of the assault and Hurghada can be closed to all sea exercise together with fishing and diving. The seashore has been abandoned within the wake of the deaths however will probably reopen tomorrow.   

She died of 'painful shock' after reportedly losing and arm and a leg

The Austrian vacationer, who was married to an Egyptian man, used a flipper to attempt to clamour again to shore. However she died of ‘painful shock’ after reportedly shedding and arm and a leg

Both attacks took place very close by the first woman was taken from the waters in Sahl Hasheesh, south of Hurghada,

Each assaults passed off very shut by the primary lady was taken from the waters in Sahl Hasheesh, south of Hurghada, 

A second woman whose identity and nationality have not been revealed is believed to have been staying at adult-only Premiere Le Reve five star hotel (pictured). It is thought that this woman is a Romania

A second lady whose id and nationality haven’t been revealed is believed to have been staying at adult-only Premiere Le Reve 5 star lodge (pictured). It’s thought that this lady is a Romania

Onlookers yelled for help and tried to distract the shark, but did not jump in

They gathered on a nearby jetty at the Red Sea resort, where beaches are now closed for three days

Horrified onlookers (left and proper) yelled for assist and tried to distract the shark, however didn’t leap in

The Austrian pensioner, 68, died of 'painful shock' - most likely a heart attack - after the attack at Sahl Hasheesh bay, south of Hurghada, in the Red Sea on Friday

The Austrian pensioner, 68, died of ‘painful shock’ – probably a coronary heart assault – after the assault at Sahl Hasheesh bay, south of Hurghada, within the Purple Sea on Friday

The identical unnamed Russian vacationer who filmed footage – which is simply too graphic to be proven – within the aftermath of the primary assault posted a brand new video displaying the situation of the second deadly incident.

Utilizing his finger to elucidate, he mentioned: ‘This can be a small lagoon the place we noticed [the shark] for the primary time.

What’s a Mako shark? 

A mako shark is a species of swift, lively, and probably harmful sharks of the mackerel shark household. 

There’s a shortfin and longfin species, relying on whether or not its open or shallow water. 

Adults, prized for his or her preventing qualities and repeated leaps out of the water, might be 4.5 metres (14.8 ft) in size and exceed 500kg (about 1,100 kilos) in weight. 

They prey on fishes akin to herring, mackerel, and swordfish and small cetaceans. 

Supply: Britannica 

‘And we didn’t realise it was a shark.

‘The assault I filmed [earlier] was right here’ – he factors in the direction of the pier.

‘And the physique of the second lady was pulled out roughly right here.’

Writing on Fb Die Grünen Kramsach mentioned: ‘We mourn the passing of our Elisabeth Sauer (68), who died in a tragic bathing accident in Egypt. 

‘Our heartfelt condolences exit to the household, particularly our Carola. Elisabeth was a dedicated Inexperienced from the primary hour in Kramsach, a councillor from 1998 to 2004, and for a few years a loyal substitute councillor and GR – candidate. Might she relaxation in peace.

‘We want to take this chance to specific our honest condolences and compassion. She’s going to perpetually be remembered for her heat and [compassion].’

A whole bunch of vacationers had seen the primary assault on the Austrian lady who had been snorkelling, sporting flippers, when she was attacked, and complained there have been no lifeguards as swimmers fled the ocean.

The Russian witness mentioned: ‘I noticed the shark turning and twisting the lady within the water. I didn’t handle to movie it, however she was twisted within the water.’

Earlier he instructed how he noticed the lady ‘preventing off [the shark] together with her arms at first, however apparently the shark bit off her leg with a flipper first, then her hand, which it threw it on the corals.

‘She was already sitting on the corals, displaying her hand [and] leg. She was in [a state of] shock. She didn’t even scream, didn’t cry, nothing.’

After miraculously making her manner again to land, the Austrian lady was given CPR by medical doctors on the scene however she died minutes later in an ambulance.

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A spokeswoman for the Austrian Embassy in Cairo instructed the MailOnline: ‘Our Embassy in Cairo is in shut contact with the household, together with her associate (an Austrian of Egyptian descent), who witnessed the tragic scene, and her daughter. 

‘The Austrian Embassy is in touch with relations of the deceased in addition to with the native authorities.’

Writing on Facebook Die Grünen Kramsach said: 'We mourn the passing of our Elisabeth Sauer (68), who died in a tragic bathing accident in Egypt'

Writing on Fb Die Grünen Kramsach mentioned: ‘We mourn the passing of our Elisabeth Sauer (68), who died in a tragic bathing accident in Egypt’

The Austrian tourist was pictured clamouring toward safety

The waters around her turned scarlet red as she used a flipper to make her way back to shore

The Austrian vacationer was pictured clamouring towards security because the waters round her turned scarlet pink. She used a flipper to make her manner again to shore

It mentioned she was strolling not removed from the seashore throughout the designated bathing when she was attacked and it was nonetheless unclear how the shark got here so near her. 

What’s an Oceanic whitetip shark?

Oceanic whitetip sharks, are massive stocky sharks with an enormous, rounded first dorsal fins and lengthy, wide-tipped pectoral fins.

They develop as much as 4m in complete size with a most weight of 168 kg and normally dwell an age of twenty-two years.

And are additionally on the critically endangered listing in keeping with Fraser College. 

 Supply: Marine Bio

Video reveals witnesses on a close-by jetty file the lady’s survival try and touch upon her predicament.

A gaggle of Russian vacationers are heard saying: ‘The place are the rescuers?

‘F***, she’s coated in blood. Holy s***.

‘The place’s the rescue workforce? ‘For f****’s sake.

‘Life guards? The place are the life guards? She’s going to f***ing die!’

The 68-year-old lady, who misplaced a leg and an arm, died shortly after being taken to the non-public Nile Hospital in Hurghada, an Egyptian well being official mentioned.

She was barely alive when she was taken in on Friday, the official mentioned, including that makes an attempt by medical workers to resuscitate her failed.

The official spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of he was not authorised to talk to reporters.

The governor of the Purple Sea province closed the world for 3 days, banning all ‘sea actions’ together with diving, snorkelling, wind browsing and kite crusing.

Fishing boats had been additionally banned from the waters off Hurghada. An area report quoted by Russian information company RIA Novosti added: ‘The girl died within the ambulance from painful shock.’

Stories from information company AFP and Austrian information retailers level to the assault being dedicated by a Mako shark whereas native Egyptian newspapers have named the animal as an Oceanic whitetip shark. 

The same unnamed Russian tourist who filmed footage - which is too graphic to be shown - in the aftermath of the first attack posted a new video showing the location of the second fatal incident

The identical unnamed Russian vacationer who filmed footage – which is simply too graphic to be proven – within the aftermath of the primary assault posted a brand new video displaying the situation of the second deadly incident

The Red Sea region around Sharm el Sheikh (pictured) is hugely popular with foreign tourists

The Purple Sea area round Sharm el Sheikh (pictured) is massively in style with overseas vacationers

Shark assaults within the Purple Sea 

In June 2021, a parasailer, a 37-year-old Jordanian man, was bit within the leg by a shark.

In December 2020, a German lady, 42, was savaged by a shark whereas diving in close to Marsa Alam.

In October 2020 a 12-year-old Ukrainian boy on vacation in Egypt and his tour information misplaced limbs after an assault by an oceanic whitetip shark. 

In August 2018, a 41-year-old Czech vacationer died after being attacked 12 miles north of the city of Marsa Alam.

In 2010, 5 shark assaults passed off at Sharm el Sheikh in the identical variety of days.

The Ministry of Atmosphere introduced at present that an skilled group was investigating the assaults, seen as uncommon within the space.

The resort is in style with Russian vacationers, and stays open to them in distinction to many European locations regardless of the battle in Ukraine.

‘We ask Russian residents to stay vigilant when within the water, and strictly comply with the bans imposed by the Egyptian authorities on swimming, diving and fishing on the excessive seas and off the coast,’ vacationers had been instructed by their consulate-general in Hurghada.

They had been instructed to ‘strictly observe the indicators from lodge staff and the coast guards’.

Shark assaults in Egypt are uncommon – however the Purple Sea has greater than 44 species of the fish, a few of which might be lethal.

Most typical are 6ft-long gray reef sharks, which have 13 or 14 sharp enamel.

They swim in shallow waters round 60m deep or much less.

In June 2021, a tandem parasailer, a 37-year-old Jordanian man, was hovering above the water in Aqaba when a shark abruptly emerged and bit his leg.

The person misplaced a part of the again of his foot within the assault which additionally severed tendons, tore muscle groups and broke a number of bones.

In December 2020, a German lady was savaged by a shark whereas diving within the Purple Sea earlier than instructors pulled her away to security.

The oceanic whitetip shark latched on to the lady, 42, close to Marsa Alam in Egypt.

The vacationer was taken to hospital the place she is recovering in a ‘steady situation’, in keeping with the Governor for the Purple Sea Amr Hanafi.

In October 2020 a 12-year-old Ukrainian boy on vacation in Egypt and his tour information misplaced limbs after an assault by an oceanic whitetip shark.

The pair wanted amputations after the vicious incident at resort Ras Muhammad within the Purple Sea. 

And in 2010, 5 shark assaults passed off at Sharm el Sheikh in the identical variety of days.

Three Russians, one Ukrainian and one German vacationer had been injured.

The German vacationer, 71-year-old resort common Renata Seifert, died of her accidents.