Egypt shuts down Red Sea beaches following fatal shark attacks that claim two

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The death of an Austrian woman resident in Egypt has prompted Egypt’s Red Sea Governorate to shut down several beaches on Friday. A second body was discovered later on Sunday.

The 68-year-old Austrian woman, who was married to a local man and had been a resident of Egypt for five years, was attacked off the coast of Sahl Hasheesh near the well-known resort of Hurghada.

According to the Red Sea Health Affairs Directorate, the victim was transferred to a local private hospital but attempts to resuscitate her failed and she succumbed to her injuries due to massive blood loss.

Several hours later a body of another woman, a Romanian tourist in her late fourties, was found. Both attacks happened within 600 metres.

The ministry said in its statement that a committee had been assembled to examine the circumstances of the attacks and any scientific reasons behind them.