Egypt: Shark bites leg and arm of tourist who dies on way to hospital

Woman killed by shark in Egypt

The Austrian died from her injuries while being taken to a hospital in Hurghada, Egypt

An elderly tourist has died in a popular holiday resort in Egypt after a shark bit off her leg and arm.

Officials said the 68-year-old woman was barely alive after the shocking attack and died in an ambulance on her way to Hurghada’s Nile Hospital on Friday.

Disturbing footage shows the sea turning blood red as the woman attempted to swim away, and witnesses from a nearby pier screamed in horror.

A float is thrown into the water in hopes of pulling her closer to shore, but it lands far too short.

A mako shark is believed to have attacked the Austrian tourist, who could not be revived by rescue workers. How she got to the beach is still unclear.

Egyptian authorities have now closed a stretch of the Red Sea coast for three days, banning all “sea activities” including diving, snorkeling, windsurfing and kite sailing.

Terrible moment A 68-year-old woman is struggling to swim back to shore after she'lost an arm and a leg' in a shark attack on a tourist beach in Egypt

Men on the pier throw a flotation device to the woman to save her

Terrible moment A 68-year-old woman is struggling to swim back to shore after she'lost an arm and a leg' in a shark attack on a tourist beach in Egypt

The sea turned red with blood as the swimmer was attacked near shore

Terrible moment A 68-year-old woman is struggling to swim back to shore after she'lost an arm and a leg' in a shark attack on a tourist beach in Egypt

Witnesses watch in horror as the shark attacks the woman

Terrible moment A 68-year-old woman is struggling to swim back to shore after she'lost an arm and a leg' in a shark attack on a tourist beach in Egypt

An ambulance arrives at the beach after the horrific shark attack

Shark attacks are relatively rare in Egypt’s Red Sea coastal region.

In 2020, a Ukrainian boy lost an arm and an Egyptian tour guide a leg in an attack.

In 2010, a spate of attacks killed a European tourist and maimed several others off Sharm el-Sheikh in the Sinai Peninsula.

Egypt’s Red Sea resorts are among the country’s top resorts and popular with European tourists.

Divers are drawn to the coral reefs, which offer rich and colorful marine life.

Attempts have been made to revive Egypt’s tourism sector, battered by years of political instability and more recently by the pandemic and war in Ukraine.

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