Sharm Al Sheikh: A Woman Dies as Shark Bites Off Her Arm, Leg

Published July 2nd, 2022 - 10:04 GMT

This is the chilling moment a woman desperately tried to swim back to shore after a shark 'bit off her arm and leg' at a tourist hotspot in Egypt.

The Austrian pensioner, 68, died of 'painful shock' - most likely a heart attack - after the attack at Sahl Hasheesh bay in the Red Sea on Friday.

Horror footage shows her clamouring toward safety with the aid of a flipper as the waters around her turned scarlet red.

Terrified onlookers tried to distract the animal, but no one jumped in to help her.

After miraculously making her way back to land, doctors gave her CPR at the scene.

But she died minutes later in an ambulance.

Authorities closed the surrounding beaches for three days. 

The woman was reportedly married to an Egyptian man and lived in the country.

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?

'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!'

A local report quoted by Russian news agency RIA Novosti stated that the shark bit off the woman's arm and leg.

She was taken to hospital but died on the way after her heart stopped and could not be restarted.

It added: 'The woman died in the ambulance from painful shock.'

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

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 regular Renata Seifert, died of her injuries.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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