An Austrian tourist lost her life from her wounds after being attacked by a shark in the resort of Hurghada in Egypt, on Friday, while video footage showed the terrifying moments she experienced during the attack.
The British newspaper “Daily Mail” said that a 68-year-old retired woman was swimming on the beach in Sahl Hasheesh Bay on the Red Sea when the shark attacked her.
The Russian RIA Novosti news agency quoted local reports that the shark had bitten off the woman’s arm and one of her legs.
Video footage showed the moments of terror that the victim experienced as she screamed for help, while the water around her turned red as a result of the blood she had lost.
Some people who were at the scene tried to help her by screaming in order to distract the shark, but none of them risked their lives and jumped to save her, surprising that there were no rescue teams, according to the British newspaper.
She finally managed to miraculously reach the beach, and immediately received medical assistance, but despite that she died in the ambulance, as a result of shock and most likely due to a heart attack, as reported by “Daily Mail”.
The newspaper said that the authorities closed the surrounding beaches for three days against the background of the accident, adding that the victim is married to an Egyptian man and lives in the country.
Shark attacks in Egypt are fairly rare, but there are more than 44 species of fish in the Red Sea, some of which can be deadly.
The most common are gray reef sharks, which are about two meters long and have sharp teeth, and are usually active in shallow waters about 60 meters deep or less.