LIFEGUARDS were caught “laughing” at a tourist’s shark warning just MINUTES before a beast killed its first victim in a double attack at a resort.
Holidaymakers warned the lifeguards of the presence of sharks 15 minutes before Austrian woman Elisabeth Sauer, 68, was fatally attacked, according to claims.
It’s also said they “laughed” and said: “There are no sharks in Sahl Hasheesh and never have been.”
A post on an online chat site for Russian tourists claimed the lifeguards ignored the danger and failed to order tourists out of the water.
“English-speaking people standing at the pier saw a shark 15 minutes before the attack, and warned the lifeguards,” said the post.
“But they laughed at them, saying there are no sharks in Sahl Hasheesh and never have been.
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“Another two tourists jumped onto the reef top, escaping a shark, and pleaded for help.
“But the lifeguards shouted to swim from the place to the pontoon stairway by themselves.
“To put it bluntly, everything is Egyptian style. There is no science, no proper system.
“They just made a lad from Luxor the lifeguard and gave him a whistle.”
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If true, this means the authorities were slow to grasp the true peril faced by holidaymakers in the popular Egyptian resort.
It may even be that the Romanian woman was eaten alive before an attack on an Austrian woman who had been believed to be the first victim.
The “disfigured” body of the Romanian woman in her 40s was found on coral at least two days after she was reported missing.
Russian tourists say that the recovery team prevented them filming the macabre scene as her ravaged human remains were packed into body bags.
One eyewitness claimed “half of her body was missing.”
Another tourist heard speaking in a beachside bar recounting what he has just seen.
“It was obviously a corpse. [Killed by] a shark…” he said.
“They put [the human remains] in bags about five minutes ago. There are six policemen there.
“An electric car drove up and they put [the body] there, right in the bags.
“The car stalled and police had to push it out. Damn… this is the second [shark victim] already.”
They added: “Photos and videos were not allowed. Police ran up saying: ‘Erase. Erase. Erase’.”
Some 650ft away, pensioner Sauer had been seen on video desperately swimming back to a pier despite losing an arm and leg in a vicious mauling.
She died from nervous shock as paramedics tried to revive her.
Now a Russian resident of Hurghada — named Zhanna — has revealed how the Romanian woman had been missing from the adult-only Premiere Le Reve hotel.
“She was found on coral. Her body was disfigured. She was a citizen of Romania,” she revealed, adding the woman had been ” missing from her room for two days”.
She alleged: “After the first victim, no one closed any beaches. I swam freely.
“[The lifeguards], as always, wanted to hide it, but when it became known there were two victims, they finally stirred.”
She told Russian news outlet gazette.ru: “A working group of specialists was formed to find out the reasons for the behaviour of the sharks.
“The Russian consulate warned Russian tourists.
“Let’s see how the governor of the Red Sea reacts.
“They don’t want to lose tourists, but they don’t do anything to prevent this either.”
There are confused timings in reports over the discovery of the Romanian woman’s body.
The first accounts of the body being found appear to be on 2 July.
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If she had been missing for two days, this suggests she was last at her hotel on 30 June.
Sauer was attacked on 1 July in the late afternoon.