Egyptian officials 'laughed at Red Sea shark sighting before attack' (2022)

Egyptian lifeguards were warned about sharks being in the water near a Red Sea beach resort just minutes before an Austrian pensioner was mauled to death but laughed off the suggestion, it has been alleged today.

English-speaking guests warned Egyptian guards atSahl Hasheesh, south of tourist hub Hurghada, about sharks on Friday - 15 minutes before 68-year-old Austrian Elisabeth Sauer was attacked in front of horrified onlookers - but were mocked and told 'there are no sharks [here] and never have been', Russian tourists have claimed.

A second woman - identified only as a Romanian national in her 40s - is thought to have been killed in a similar attack just 650ft away from where Sauer died, with her badly disfigured remains found on a nearby reef the same day. News of her death first emerged on Sunday.

But another Russian woman - named only as Zhanna - has told reporters that the Romanian woman went missing from the five-star Premiere Le Reve hotel where she was staying two days before her body was found, suggesting she may have actually been the first victim.

Ms Sauer lost an arm and a leg in an attack that was caught on film, as onlookers tried to distract the shark and get her to safety. She reached the shore with the help of a flipper, but died a short time later. Details about when the Romanian woman was killed have not been made public, with Egyptian officials now facing claims of a cover-up.

Zhanna, who lives in Hurghada, told Russian outlet Gazette.ru: 'She was found on coral…her body disfigured, a citizen of Romania.' She had been 'missing from her room for two days,' Zhanna said.

She added: 'After the first victim, no one closed any beaches. I swam freely… They, as always, wanted to hide it, but when it became known there were two victims, they finally stirred.'

Elisabeth Sauer, A 68-year-old retired Austrian woman (left) was mauled to death by a shark on Friday while swimming in the sea off the coast of Hurghada, Egypt, with the attack caught on camera (right)

Horrified onlookers tried to distract the shark and helped the woman get to shore but she died a short time later from shock, according to Egyptian officials

It later emerged that a second woman - a Romanian nation in her 40s - also died in a suspected shark attack with her badly disfigured remains found on a reef a short distance away the same day MsSauer was killed

(Video) Two women killed by shark attacks in the Red Sea

Egyptian officials have now closed the waters around Hurghada, but are facing claims that lifeguards laughed off warnings from English-speaking tourists about a shark just minutes before MsSauer died

Separately, a post on a Russian social media site for tourists added: 'English-speaking people standing at the pier saw a shark 15 minutes before the attack, and warned the lifeguards.

'But they laughed at them, saying there are no sharks in Sahl Hasheesh and never have been.To put it bluntly, everything is Egyptian style... There is no science, no proper system.'

Yesterday, officials at theRed Sea Governorate said the area of the attack and Hurghada would be closed to all sea activity including fishing and diving, as the nearby beaches were left deserted in the wake of the deaths.

A Russian tourist who filmed footage - which MailOnline has opted not to publish because of its graphic nature - of the first attack posted a new video showing the location of the second fatal incident.

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 be4.5 metres (14.8 feet) in length and exceed 500kg (about 1,100 pounds) in weight.

They prey on fishes such as herring, mackerel, and swordfish and small cetaceans.

Source: Britannica

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Using his finger to explain, he said: 'This is a small lagoon where we saw [the shark] for the first time.And we didn't realise it was a shark.

'The attack I filmed [earlier] was here [in the video 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 [Green] 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].'

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Hundreds of tourists had seen the first attack on the Austrian woman who had been snorkelling, while wearing flippers, when she was attacked, andcomplained 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.'

Earlier he told how he saw the woman 'fighting off [the shark] with her hands at first, but apparently the shark bit off her leg with a flipper first, then her hand, which it threw it on the corals.

'She was already sitting on the corals, showing her hand [and] leg. She was in [a state of] shock. She didn't even scream, didn't cry, nothing.'

After miraculously making her way back to land, the Austrian woman was given CPR by doctors at the scene but she died minutes later in an ambulance.

A second woman whose identity and nationality have not been revealed is believed to have been staying at the Premiere Le Reve five star hotel (pictured). It is thought that this woman is Romania

A spokeswoman for the Austrian Embassy in Cairo told the MailOnline: 'Our Embassy in Cairo is in close contact with the family, including her partner (an Austrian of Egyptian descent), who witnessed the tragic scene, and her daughter.

'The Austrian Embassy is in contact with relatives of the deceased as well as with the local authorities.'

It said she was walking not far from the beach within the designated bathing when she was attacked and it was still unclear how the shark came so close to her.

What is an Oceanic whitetip shark?

Oceanic whitetip sharks,are large stocky sharks with a huge, rounded first dorsal fins and long, wide-tipped pectoral fins.

They grow up to 4m in total length with a maximum weight of 168 kg and usually live an age of 22 years.

And are also on the critically endangered list according toFraser University.

Source: Marine Bio

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Video shows witnesses on a nearby jetty record the woman's survival attempt and comment on her predicament.

A group of Russian tourists are heard saying: 'Where are the rescuers?

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'F***, she's covered in blood. Holy s***.

'Where's the rescue team? 'For f****'s sake.

'Life guards? Where are the life guards? She's going to f***ing die!'

The 68-year-old woman, who lost a leg and an arm, died shortly after being taken to the private Nile Hospital in Hurghada, an Egyptian health official said.

She was barely alive when she was taken in on Friday, the official said, adding that attempts by medical staff to resuscitate her failed.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to reporters.

The governor of the Red Sea province closed the area for three days, banning all 'sea activities' including diving, snorkelling, wind surfing and kite sailing.

Fishing boats were also banned from the waters off Hurghada. A local report quoted by Russian news agency RIA Novostiadded: 'The woman died in the ambulance from painful shock.'

Reports from news agency AFP and Austrian news outlets point to the attack being committed by aMako shark while local Egyptian newspapers have named the animal as anOceanic whitetip shark.

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'

How rare are shark attacks in the Red Sea?

In June 2021, a 37-year-old Jordanian man was bit in the leg by a shark and survived.

InDecember 2020, a German woman, 42, was savaged by a shark while diving in near Marsa Alam.

In October 2020 a 12-year-old Ukrainian boy on holiday in Egypt and his tour guide lost limbs after anattack by an oceanic whitetipshark.

In August 2018,a 41-year-old Czech tourist died after being attacked 12 miles north of the town of Marsa Alam.

In 2010, five shark attacks took place at Sharm el Sheikh in the same number of days.

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The Ministry of the Environment announced today that an expert group was investigating the attacks, which are seen as rare in the area.

The resort area is also popular with Russian tourists, and remains open to them in contrast to many European destinations following the war in Ukraine.

'We ask Russian citizens to remain vigilant when in the water, and strictly follow the bans imposed by the Egyptian authorities on swimming, diving and fishing on the high seas and off the coast,' tourists were told by their consulate-general in Hurghada.

They were also told to 'strictly observe the signals from hotel employees and the coast guards'.

Shark attacks in Egypt are rare - but the Red Sea has more than 44 species of the fish, some of which can be deadly.

Most common are 6ft-long grey reef sharks, which have 13 or 14 sharp teeth.

They swim in shallow waters around 60m deep or less.

In June 2021, a tandem parasailer, a 37-year-old Jordanian man, was hovering above the water in Aqaba when a shark suddenly emerged and bit his leg.

The man lost part of the back of his foot in the attack which also severed tendons, tore muscles and broke several bones.

In December 2020, aGerman woman was savaged by a shark while diving in the Red Sea before instructors pulled her away to safety.

The oceanic whitetip shark latched on to the woman, 42, near Marsa Alam in Egypt.

The tourist was taken to hospital where she is recovering in a 'stable condition', according to the Governor for the Red Sea Amr Hanafi.

In October 2020 a 12-year-old Ukrainian boy on holiday in Egypt and his tour guide lost limbs after an attack by an oceanic whitetipshark.

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The pair needed amputations after the vicious incident at resort Ras Muhammad in the Red Sea.And in 2010, five shark attacks took place at Sharm el Sheikh in the same number of days.

Three Russians, one Ukrainian and one German tourist were injured. The German tourist, 71-year-old resort regularRenata Seifert, died of her injuries.

FAQs

Why did the shark attack in Hurghada? ›

According to Egyptian experts, the presence of sharks in shallow water is associated with the mating season (it lasts from mid-April to the end of July). The committee added that the reason for the attack was probably the remains of food in the water, which became bait for the predator.

Are there sharks in Egypt Hurghada? ›

definitely there are sharks, around 30 varieties in the Red Sea… put in perspective shark populations worldwide have been pushed to the brink of extinction within only a few decades.

How common are shark attacks in Egypt? ›

Shark attacks are rare in Egypt, but previous attacks that happened in the past decade caused panic and made tourists desert some of the beaches where these attacks happened for days. In December 2010, four tourists were injured after they were attacked by a shark in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Are there man eating sharks in the Red Sea? ›

Has a mako ever attacked a human? ›

ISAF statistics records nine shortfin Mako attacks on humans between 1580 and 2017, one of which was fatal, along with 20 boat attacks. According to some sources most modern attacks involving shortfin mako sharks are considered to have been provoked due to harassment or the shark being caught on a fishing line.

What type of shark killed the woman in Egypt? ›

A 68-year-old Austrian woman died on Friday after losing an arm and a leg in another attack by a Mako shark while swimming in the Red Sea near the resort town of Hurghada.

Is it safe to swim in sea in Egypt? ›

So long as you follow the guidelines in place and go diving with a responsible, certified tour operator, you will have a safe and enjoyable time underwater in Egypt.

Are there bull sharks in Egypt? ›

Divers, in particular, may be lucky enough to experience spectacular and memorable encounters with pelagic sharks such as the infamous Longimanus, hammerhead sharks and various reef sharks. If coincidence so, even whale sharks, tiger sharks and bull sharks can be spotted.

Is there sharks in Sharm El Sheikh? ›

Shark attacks are rare in the Red Sea area of Egypt - especially in the past few years. In 2010 however, there were a number of shark attacks that killed one European tourist and seriously injured several others off Sharm el Sheikh.

Are there sharks in the Great Lakes? ›

Sharks do not live in the Great Lakes, but many fishes are mostly drawn to this water body as their natural habitat.

Are there sharks in Dubai? ›

Whale sharks, which eat plankton and don't attack humans, are one of the 29 different kinds of species calling the waters off Dubai home. They include hammerhead, white cheek, tiger and gray reef sharks.

Are there sharks in Alexandria Egypt? ›

According to Hassan al-Tayeb, head of the Maritime Rescue and Protection of Environment Association, no sharks have been reported west of Alexandria, east of Alexandria, at Miami, Sidi Bishr, Agmi or Marsa Matrouh.

Is it safe to snorkel in the Red Sea? ›

Red Sea Snorkeling

The waters are calm and clean and very safe for all ages. There is a wide selection of locations around the Red Sea, the main ones being Hurghada in the Red Sea Governorate along with Makadi Bay, Marsa Alam, El Gouna, Soma Bay, Sahl Hasheesh and Safaga.

Which sea has the most sharks? ›

Out of all, the Atlantic Ocean is said to be home to most shark species. However, due to the high number of shark attacks, the Pacific and the Indian Oceans are also considered to have sharks in large numbers.

Do Great Whites live in the Red Sea? ›

No. great whites are mostly found: in the Atlantic Ocean, California, Baja ocean peninsula where they have just discovered the “The White Shark Cafe” between Baja and Hawaii, where they spend approximately, 100 days before migrating, Cape Cod, Australia, Japan, South Africa, Mediterranean Sea, Chile, Oceania.

What is the nicest shark? ›

Whale Sharks

In fact, Whale Sharks have been known to not only be tolerant of divers, but some will even interact and play with humans. These beautiful, docile creatures are not dangerous at all.

What is the #1 deadliest shark? ›

1. Unsurprisingly, the king of the sharks and frequent guest star of nightmares, the great white shark is the most dangerous, with a recorded 314 unprovoked attacks on humans.

What is the meanest shark? ›

Great white sharks are the most aggressive sharks in the world having recorded 333 attacks on humans, with 52 of them being fatal. The inclusion of this particular species probably comes as no surprise since movies, particularly Jaws, and television shows are quick to show their aggression.

When was last shark death? ›

The last deadly attack occurred on 10 July 2021. The attacks were caused by the species bull shark and tiger shark.
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Statistics.
RegionHawaii
Total attacks137
Fatal attacks11
Last fatality2019
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Are shark attacks in the Red Sea common? ›

Although sharks are common in the Red Sea, attacks on tourists swimming in authorised areas are rare. In 2020, a young Ukrainian boy and an Egyptian tour guide were both seriously injured in a shark attack.

Are there sharks in the Egyptian Sea? ›

Several beaches on Egypt's Red Sea coast were shut down after two women, one Austrian and another Romanian, were killed in shark attacks over the weekend. “Two women were attacked by a shark while swimming” in the Sahl Hasheesh area, south of the city of Hurghada, the Egyptian ministry of environment said on Sunday.

Is the Red Sea saltier than the Dead Sea? ›

Note:There are many seas which are saline in water like Lake Assal, Dead Sea, Lake Urmia, Mono Lake, Salton Sea, Red Sea, Black Sea, Lake Van, Baltic Sea, etc. but Dead Sea is one of the saltiest bodies of water. That's why the correct answer is Dead Sea.

Is snorkeling safe in Egypt? ›

So is snorkeling in Egypt dangerous? Snorkeling, swimming and diving in Egypt at Marsa Alam and Hurghada is not really dangerous as long as you treat the animals with respect and keep your distance. So it is not without danger, there are sharks swimming and attacking people, which also happens sometimes.

How Deep Is the Red Sea? ›

Why are there no sharks in the Mediterranean? ›

Sharks do live in the Mediterranean Sea, 47 species of them, in fact. But most of them are completely harmless. Sightings of dangerous sharks are infrequent, and attacks are extremely rare. So, we'd have to say no, the Med is not shark-infested.

Are there sharks in Israel? ›

Hundreds of deep-water sharks and the largest concentration of deep-sea shark eggs ever found were recently discovered off the coast near Tel Aviv, in what is one of the most significant discoveries of marine habitats in Israel.

Is diving in Red Sea Safe? ›

We consider the Red Sea to be a safe place for a dive holiday. Most tourists will not encounter any form of anti-Western sentiment, however it is advisable to stay vigilant and avoid political and public gatherings.

Are there crocodiles in Sharm El Sheikh? ›

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Are there sharks in the Suez Canal? ›

Fishermen have netted a young whale shark in Egypt's Suez Canal in a very rare catch of one of the gentle giants in the waterway. The shark, which measured about five metres and weighed 700 kilograms, died in the fishermen's nets.

What sharks live in Egypt? ›

Species such as the whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus) and grey reef shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) are two of the most commonly encountered on Egypt's reefs, with scalloped hammerheads (Sphyrna lewini) and oceanic whitetips (Carcharinus longimanus) frequently found at offshore reefs.

Can you swim in the sea in Hurghada? ›

March is a good month for swimming in Hurghada with warm sea temperatures. Consider visiting Hurghada in the months of May, June, July, October, for the best beach weather.

Where did the shark attack happen Egypt? ›

A few days before the Eid Al-Adha holiday, two women – a Romanian tourist in her late 40s and a 68-year-old Austrian woman – were killed in shark attacks in the south of the city of Hurghada.

What sharks attack people in the Red Sea? ›

According to initial reports, the most recent attacks are likely to have been perpetrated by a mako shark, but there are also other species in the Red Sea such as oceanic whitetips, hammerheads and silky sharks.

Has there been any shark attacks in 2022? ›

There have been 38 shark attack bite in the US in 2022 (21 Florida, 2 Hawaii, 2 California,6 New York, 5 South Carolina). 2 provoked and zero fatal. How many shark attacks have been reported in Australia in 2022?

Is it safe to snorkel in the Red Sea? ›

Red Sea Snorkeling

The waters are calm and clean and very safe for all ages. There is a wide selection of locations around the Red Sea, the main ones being Hurghada in the Red Sea Governorate along with Makadi Bay, Marsa Alam, El Gouna, Soma Bay, Sahl Hasheesh and Safaga.

Is Hurghada nicer than Sharm? ›

That depends entirely on your preferences. Both places are definitely worth a visit and offer many excursions and activities as well as diving schools. I would say Hurghada is for those looking for more action, Sharm El Sheikh for a quieter holiday or with a focus on diving and snorkelling.

Should I swim in the Red Sea? ›

Swimming Conditions

Swimming in the sea is a fantastic experience but you need to be aware that marine life is abundant in the coral waters of the Red Sea. Stonefish, scorpionfish, rays, jellyfish, sea urchins and coral could be present during the swims.

Is it safe to swim in Egypt? ›

People are only allowed to swim in front of hotels or resorts. The resort must clearly mark the secure swimming area with buoys and ropes. This is a standard practice on most beaches, and shouldn't come as a surprise to most visitors.

How do you escape a shark attack? ›

Slowly back away

Try not to thrash and splash around as you gradually swim backwards toward shore. "You must try and keep the animal in sight and very slowly and gently try and swim backwards and get into shallow water. Again, you've got to be careful -- large sharks can attack in very shallow depths."

When was last shark death? ›

The last deadly attack occurred on 10 July 2021. The attacks were caused by the species bull shark and tiger shark.
...
Statistics.
RegionHawaii
Total attacks137
Fatal attacks11
Last fatality2019
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Are there bull sharks in Egypt? ›

Divers, in particular, may be lucky enough to experience spectacular and memorable encounters with pelagic sharks such as the infamous Longimanus, hammerhead sharks and various reef sharks. If coincidence so, even whale sharks, tiger sharks and bull sharks can be spotted.

Do sharks attack scuba divers? ›

Yes, sharks do attack divers, whether provoked or unprovoked. However, attacks are extremely rare, as sharks do not view scuba divers as a particularly appetizing prey. As such, diving with sharks cannot be considered a dangerous activity, although like everything in life some risks always exist.

How deep Is the Red Sea? ›

How can you tell if a shark is near? ›

How to know if you're swimming near a shark - YouTube

What Beach has the most shark attacks? ›

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Florida has more shark attacks each year than any other area in the world, according to the International Shark Attack File (ISAF).

How shallow can sharks swim? ›

And that's fine. Everybody can make their own personal decision, but realizing that sharks can get into water as shallow as five of six feet deep is something that people need to realize.”

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