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03/06/2009 Kevin Hannecart ( New Caledonia ) ***Fatal***

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:57 am
by sharkbait
A YOUNG French man has died after he was attacked by sharks while surfing in New Caledonia, The 19-year-old student's arm was ripped off and his leg bitten when he was attacked "apparently by several sharks"**

French surfer killed in New Caledonia shark attack

From correspondents in Noumea | March 06, 2009
Article from: Agence France-Presse
A YOUNG French man has died after he was attacked by sharks while surfing in New Caledonia, police say.

The 19-year-old student's arm was ripped off and his leg bitten when he was attacked "apparently by several sharks" while trying to get back onto a boat with his friend on Friday, police said.

The man's friend managed to get him to shore, but he was dead by the time emergency workers reached him.

The incident took place in an area popular with surfers and was the first fatal shark attack in the French Pacific territory since September 2007, when a young nurse was killed.

The victim was from northwest France but was studying in the New Caledonia capital, Noumea. ... 35,00.html

Re: 03/06/2009 Kevin Hannecart ( New Caledonia ) ***Fatal***

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:16 pm
by sharkbait
Translated from french:

Shark attack a secret: the circumstances
Saturday 7 March 2009
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Yesterday we learned with great sadness the death of a young Cherbourg surfer attacked by a shark at Bourail, the Mecca of surfing in New Caledonia.

There are now more details on the circumstances of his tragic death.

Yesterday morning, Hannecart Kevin, a student aged 19, and a childhood friend Bourail depart by boat from the sailing of Poe to go surfing "Secret," a renowned surfing spot which is about 20 minutes boat from the shore (about one kilometer south of Green Island, on a reef of the password).

The attack occurred at around 11:30 am.

The first attack occurred while Kevin rowed to take a wave: the shark then allegedly ripped the right arm.

His friend immediately came to the rescue but the shark would have to charge two or three times in the bite to the thigh and right calf.

Her boyfriend Kevin manages to hoist in the boat and bring him back to the mainland.

Back on the beach of Roche Percee, firefighters from the town were alerted and they try to revive Kevin arrival.

But unfortunately he had already lost too much blood ...

The victim's body should be returned to Noumea to be examined by specialists: the study of bites should identify the species of shark in question and that his attack is taille.Cette occurred in the morning, a schedule unusual.

The turtles are laying period on the beach of Roche Percee and it is possible that the shark had mistaken the surfer with a turtle. In addition, sharks are in breeding season and are quick to defend their territory.

Other risk factors for a shark attack: the heavy rains of recent days, water from the spot was not clear, even at a distance from the mouth of the Nera.

The High Commission has issued a message of caution and prevention incentive to "observe the utmost caution for the enjoyment of water activities. The end of summer coincides with the period of reproduction of sharks, the water is currently in turmoil because of recent rainfall, are warmer and désoxygénées, which intensifies the risk of encounters with sharks and floating that attack more easily in and outside the lagoon. " ... de-requin/

Re: 03/06/2009 Kevin Hannecart ( New Caledonia ) ***Fatal***

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:25 pm
by sharkbait
Tribute to Kevin

Arthur Bert - Amaury Lafage - Ricky Hannecart

Arthur Bert
We pay tribute today to Kevin Hannecart, long time friend, colleague or simply de facto,
the brother who will remain forever engraved in our memories.

We remember him as a quiet young man, serious, attentive, smiling, courageous,
passionate ... in short, a true friend.

Roche Percee, an integral part of his childhood, has always been a strong sharing with friends. Fire
on the beach to indénombrables "surf shots, la Digue, Gouaro, Turtle Bay or
Secret places were all on a common passion, surfing ...

Since all these years in harmony with the ocean on almost forgot in his power and the risks involved.

That is a secret, in an unmistakable that you passed away on Friday March 6 after an attack
shark, also exceptional tragic.

The sea reminds us that beyond her beauty is still unpredictable, wild and dangerous.

We hope that more such circumstances ever happening again.

Amaury Lafage

Thank you to Arthur for this honor ...

I would first like to show my deepest respect for Kevin and the ocean that has prevailed in a
tragic end.

I spent one last morning with him this morning ... that will remain etched forever in my heart ... It was
admired benefited fully from the ocean, we were totally amazed by the great beauty of the sea ... It was
laughing until the last moment.

So anything can happen, he is gone ... It could easily have been me ...

I have seen everything, I saw the awful power of nature and my total helplessness ... I did what I could but
it was too late.

And pay a huge tribute to Kevin Hannecart;
Words fail me to tell how much I think of him
Thank you all for listening to me ...

Ricky Hannecart

From this, we remember the need to respect the ocean and that life is up to little. It is
why we should enjoy it.

Arthur Bert

And I hope a lot of courage to Amaury, witness the drama, the family including his brother Ricky here and

Re: 03/06/2009 Kevin Hannecart ( New Caledonia ) ***Fatal***

Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 6:03 am
by helmi

Drame de Bourail : c'était un grand requin blanc

L’hypothèse des spécialistes qui ont examiné le corps du surfeur victime d’une attaque mortelle de requin, vendredi dernier à Bourail, a été remise en cause par de nouveaux éléments. Pour Philippe Tirard, de l’IRD, il s’agit d’un grand requin blanc, mesurant au minimum quatre mètres.

Les Nouvelles calédoniennes : Comment avez-vous finalement acquis la certitude qu’il s’agissait d’un grand blanc ?

Philippe Tirard : Trois espèces pouvaient correspondre à l’attaque : le tigre, le grand blanc et le bouledogue. L’examen des morsures a exclu l’hypothèse du tigre. Restaient les deux autres espèces. Il faut bien admettre que nous avons passé notre temps à occulter le grand blanc parce que celui-ci fraye habituellement en eaux froides (17 °C) et, qu’en Calédonie, il semble plutôt observé en hiver. On a donc penché pour un bouledogue, même si des doutes subsistaient. Ces derniers ont été complètement levés avec l’examen du short de la victime. On a pu déduire qu’il s’agissait d’un individu d’au moins quatre mètres, ce qui correspond à un poids d’environ une tonne, même si tout cela reste à affiner. Enfin, ce qui reste invariable, c’est qu’il s’agissait bel et bien d’une attaque de type alimentaire, comme le prouve la multiplicité des morsures.

Comment expliquer sa présence si près des côtes ?

Cela reste bien sûr une hypothèse, mais les récentes fortes pluies qui ont gonflé la Néra (la rivière qui se jette au niveau du spot de l’attaque) ont pu charrier des cadavres d’animaux. On peut dès lors aisément imaginer que le grand blanc, qui est un prédateur mais aussi un charognard, ait pu être attiré dans le secteur. Par ailleurs, ce qui est troublant lors de l’attaque, c’est que le requin a sauté hors de l’eau pour attraper directement la victime. Or, lorsque le requin confond le surfeur avec une tortue, il s’attaque généralement à la planche. Ce qui n’était pas le cas, puisque la planche est intacte. Il n’est donc pas impossible d’imaginer qu’il ait déjà vécu une telle situation avant l’attaque de vendredi dernier. Mais là encore, ce n’est qu’une hypothèse.

Cette attaque constitue-t-elle une nouveauté dans l’observation des cas recensés en Nouvelle-Calédonie ?

C’est vrai que la majorité des attaques constatées sont le fait de requins tigres : cette espèce a été formellement identifiée dans dix cas (trois de ces attaques se sont avérées mortelles) sur 39 cas recensés. En même temps, le grand blanc est de plus en plus observé, et cela toute l’année. On ne peut donc pas établir de comportement type. Reste qu’il conviendrait de ne pas retourner sur le site de l’attaque pendant un moment, en tout cas à bord d’une simple plate. Il faut aussi préciser que c’est une espèce protégée par la convention de Washington. Dernier conseil aux surfeurs ou aux usagers du lagon en général : il n’est pas inutile d’emporter à bord des bateaux des garrots. Car les premiers soins sont toujours les plus précieux. ... _70890.htm

Translation by :

Bourail drama: it was a great white shark

The assumption of specialists who examined the body of the rider suffered a fatal shark attack last Friday at Bourail has been challenged by new elements. Philippe Tirard, the IRD, it is a great white shark measuring at least four meters.

New Caledonia: How did you finally become convinced that it was a great white?

Philippe Tirard: Three species could correspond to the attack: the tiger, great white and bull. Examination of bites excluded the hypothesis of the tiger. Were the other two species. It must be admitted that we spent our time to obscure the great white because it usually spawn in cold water (17 ° C) and, in Caledonia, it seems rather observed in winter. We therefore looked for a bulldog, although doubts remained. These have been completely removed with short review of the victim. It has been inferred that this was an individual of at least four meters, which corresponds to a weight about a ton, although this remains to be refined. Finally, what remains unchanged is that it was indeed an attack type of food, as evidenced by the number of bites.

How to explain his presence so near the coast?

This is of course a hypothesis, but recent heavy rains that have swollen Nera (the river which flows at the spot of the attack) were able to carry dead animals. One can therefore easily imagine that the great white, which is a predator but a scavenger, has been drawn into the sector. Furthermore, this is disturbing in the attack is that the shark jumped out of the water to catch the victim directly. But when the sharks confuse surfers with a turtle, he is usually at the plate. This was not the case, since the board is intact. It is not impossible to imagine that he has already experienced such a situation before the attack last Friday. But again, it is only a hypothesis.

This attack is it a novelty in the observation of cases in New Caledonia?

It is true that the majority of attacks are detected because of the tiger sharks: this species has been formally identified in ten cases (three of those attacks were fatal) in 39 cases. At the same time, the great white is increasingly observed, and this all year. It can not therefore determine type of behavior. Still, should not return to the site of the attack for a moment, at least on a single plate. It should also be noted that this is a protected species by the Washington Convention. Last advice to surfers or users of the lagoon in general: it is useful to carry on board vessels of tourniquets. Car first aid are always more valuable.