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Egypt closes coastal area after shark kills Austrian swimmer

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Samy Magdy

Cairo (AP) — The day after the Austrian woman was killed in a shark attack, Egyptian authorities closed the country's Red Sea coastline on Saturday. I'm swimming near a resort in Hargada.

A 68-year-old woman who lost her legs and arms in a shark attack died shortly after she was taken to a private Nile hospital in Hargada, Egyptian health officials said. ..

When she was brought in on Friday, she was barely alive, officials said, adding that her attempt to revive her by medical staff had failed. He wasn't allowed to talk to reporters, so the official spoke on condition of anonymity.

According to an internal document of the Red Sea State Governor's Office shared with the Associate Press, authorities have decided to close the area for three days and ban all "sea". It was. Activities such as diving, snorkeling, windsurfing and kite sailing. Fishing boats were also banned off the coast of Hargada.

An online video showing an attack on a woman by a macaw shark, which is relatively close to the coast, as seen from a nearby pier. In the video, when a pier bystander throws her levitation device at her, the water around her woman turns red from blood. It was unclear how she was able to get to the shore.

In recent years, shark attacks are relatively rare in the Red Sea coast of Egypt. In 2020, a Ukrainian boy lost his arm and a tour of Egypt guided his leg with a shark attack. In 2010, a series of shark attacks killed one European tourist and crippled several others off the Sharmuel Sheikh off the Sinai Peninsula across the Red Sea from Hargada.

Egypt's Red Sea resorts, including Hargada and Sharmuel Sheikh, are part of the country's major beach destinations and are popular with European tourists. Divers are portrayed by the steep drop-offs of offshore coral reefs that provide rich and colorful marine life.

Authorities have been hit by long-standing instability in recent years, and more recently by the corona virus outbreak and the war in Ukraine, with the aim of reviving an important tourism sector.