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Woman Dies After Shark Attacks Her In Front Of Horrified Crowd

Jake Massey

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Woman Dies After Shark Attacks Her In Front Of Horrified Crowd

*WARNING: DISTRESSING CONTENT*

A woman in Egypt has died after she was attacked by a shark in front of a horrified crowd.

The Austrian was swimming at Sahl Hasheesh – a popular bay on the Red Sea coast close to Sharm El Sheikh – yesterday (Friday, 1 July) when the creature attacked.

In footage captured by Russian tourists, pools of blood can be seen around the woman as she struggles to make her way back to the pier, with onlookers watching on in shock.

Onlookers watched on in horror. Credit: east2west
Onlookers watched on in horror. Credit: east2west

Some witnesses said she had lost an arm, others said she had lost an arm and a leg, but despite this, she was able to make it back to shore.

However, the 68-year-old died on her way to hospital.

One local publication reported: "The pensioner was swimming in the Sahl Hashish area, south of the resort of Hurghada, on Friday.

"She was attacked by a shark which bit off her arm and leg. She tried to reach shore on her own…

"Medics arrived and took her to hospital. Along the way the doctors performed resuscitation measures, but her heart was not restarted. 

"The woman died in the ambulance."

Last week, a man in California was lucky to survive an attack from a huge great white shark.

Steve Bruemmer, 62, was swimming off Lover's Point in Pacific Grove when he was savaged by the shark, sustaining injuries to his stomach, arms and legs.

Bruemmer had been swimming alone when the attack occurred, but he was pulled ashore by a surf instructor and two paddleboarders, who ultimately saved his life.

Miraculously, despite losing more than 25 pints of blood, doctors believe Bruemmer will make a full recovery from the injuries - one of which came within a millimetre of severing a major artery.

He has now been transferred to a rehab facility. Credit: KSBW
He has now been transferred to a rehab facility. Credit: KSBW

One of the rescuers, Heath Braddock, told KSBW: "We got my biggest board and the gentleman, Paul, helped me roll the victim on the board belly down and got him kind of centered and stable. We had him hold my foot and we paddled him in."

Another rescuer, police officer Paul Bandy, added: "He was screaming for help, you could tell the sound and the emotion in his voice that there was something definitely wrong and he was slapping the water.

"I wasn't sure if that was some sort of thing he was trying to get something away from him or just trying to draw attention to himself."

Days on from the attack, the shark was confirmed to be a great white by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, following a forensic examination of the bite marks on Bruemmer's body.

He was released from hospital on Wednesday 29 June and transferred to a rehab facility.

Featured Image Credit: east2westnews/Alamy

Topics: News, Animals

Jake Massey
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