The Egyptian government has officially announced the death of two women as a result of a shark attack in a tourist resort south of Hurghada on the Red Sea coast.
In a statement by the Ministry of Environment, on Sunday, Minister Yasmine Fouad said that the shark attacked the two women while they were swimming in Sahl Hasheesh, south of Hurghada.
“Fouad” indicated that “a working group of specialists in the Red Sea reserves and the HEPCA Association was formed,” while the Governor of the Red Sea, Amr Hanafy, decided “to stop all human activities in the vicinity of the attack.”
The Minister of Environment said that she “instructed the formed committee to investigate the situation and find out the scientific reasons and circumstances of the attack.”
The specialized work team is still striving to “accurately establish the reasons for the behaviors that resulted from the shark that caused the accident towards the two victims,” according to the statement.
The Ministry of Environment expressed its condolences to the families of the two victims.
While the ministry did not reveal the nationality of the two victims, press reports stated that one of them was Austrian, and the other is Romanian.
Shark attacks are rare in Egypt. At a time when most of these attacks were in the Red Sea. Some of them led to the death of some tourists, others were injured, while others survived.