Watch.. Two tourists were killed by a shark on the beaches of Hurghada
The Egyptian Red Sea Governorate decided to close the beaches and suspend swimming from the Sahl Hasheesh area to the Makadi area, after two female tourists were killed after a shark attacked them south of Hurghada.
Two security sources told Reuters late Saturday that the accident occurred on Friday morning and that the decision to close the beaches was issued in the evening of the same day.
And the Egyptian Ministry of Environment announced in a statement on Sunday that two women were killed south of Hurghada on the Red Sea, after they were attacked by a shark while they were swimming.
"Two women were attacked by a shark while practicing surface swimming in the area facing the Sahl Hasheesh resort, south of Hurghada," the ministry's statement, which was published on its official Facebook page, stated.
The statement added that the task force responsible for investigating the causes of the accident is "completing its work tasks in order to reach accurately the reasons for the behaviors that resulted from the shark causing the accident towards the two victims."
The statement did not clarify the nationalities of the two victims, but the decision of the Governor of the Red Sea to close some beaches in the area where the accident occurred and not to engage in any marine activities there for a period of three days, indicated that "the emergence of a mako shark was monitored in the vicinity of Sahl Hasheesh... and an Austrian tourist was injured." The left arm was amputated, allegedly from a shark.
The Austrian Foreign Ministry confirmed in a statement on Sunday to AFP that one of its citizens had died in Egypt, without further details.
For its part, Austrian News Agency indicated that the 68-year-old Austrian woman, from Western Tyrol, had been on vacation in Egypt since early June.
And since Friday, users of social media platforms in Egypt have been circulating widely, a short video clip as a tape of the accident, in which a person in the water appears for help surrounded by a speck of blood.
But the fact that the video, which did not show the shark attack, has not been independently verified, has not been independently verified.
Sharks live in the Red Sea, but they rarely attack tourists unless they exceed the permissible limits.
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