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shark attack victim: SECOND woman killed on the same day 650ft from where 68-year-old woman died



Two women have died in a shark attack within 650ft of each other at a tourist hotspot in Egypt as the first victim has been named as a 68-year-old pensioner from Austria.


Egyptian authorities admitted today another lifeless body was pulled out of the sea on Friday after being located on a reef in Sahl Hasheesh, south of Hurghada, according to eyewitnesses.


The woman's identity has not been revealed but she is believed to have been a Romanian tourist who was staying at adults only Premiere Le Reve five star hotel.

The local Green Party in Kramsach, Tyrol named Elisabeth Sauer, who was local councillor from 1998 to 2004, as the first woman who was attacked at around same time as the other tourist.


She was walking in shallow water while using a snorkel with fins not far from the beach near Hurghada and told her partner, an Austrian of Egyptian descent, 'I'll go back in for a moment'.


Footage then shows her desperately trying to get towards safety with the aid of a flipper as the waters around her turned scarlet red in Sahl Hasheesh bay, south of Hurghada, in the Red Sea.


Terrified onlookers tried to distract the predator, which is believed to be either a Mako or a Oceanic whitetip shark, but no one jumped in to help her.


An Egyptian health official said she was then taken to the private Nile Hospital where she could not be resuscitated and is believed to have died from 'painful shock' - most likely a heart attack.


It is thought she had been in the country for a month, arriving on June 2, with her partner and was due to return home today.


Yesterday, officials at the Red Sea Governorate told reporters that area of the attack and Hurghada would be closed to all sea activity including fishing and diving. The beach has been deserted in the wake of the deaths but will most likely reopen tomorrow.


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.


Using his finger to explain, he said: 'This is a small lagoon where we saw [the shark] for the first time.

What is a Mako shark?

A mako shark is a species of swift, active, and potentially dangerous sharks of the mackerel shark family.

There is a shortfin and longfin species, depending on whether its open or shallow water.

Adults, prized for their fighting qualities and repeated leaps out of the water, can be 4.5 metres (14.8 feet) in length and exceed 500kg (about 1,100 pounds) in weight.

'And we didn't realise it was a shark.


'The attack I filmed [earlier] was here' - he points towards the pier.


'And the body of the second woman was pulled out approximately here.'


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.


'Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family [...]. Elisabeth was a committed Green from the first hour in Kramsach, a councillor from 1998 to 2004, and for many years a loyal substitute councillor and GR - candidate. May she rest in peace.


'We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere condolences and compassion. She will forever be remembered for her warmth and [compassion].'


Hundreds of tourists had seen the first attack on the Austrian woman who had been snorkelling, wearing flippers, when she was attacked, and complained there were no lifeguards as swimmers fled the sea.


The Russian witness said: 'I saw the shark turning and twisting the woman in the water. I didn't manage to film it, but she was twisted in the water.'



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