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10/26/2013 - Tanguy - Reunion Island

Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 5:23 pm
by alb
Reunion Island: Man Seriously Injured in Shark Attack

Helmut Nickel, Shark Year Magazine,
26. October 2013

A serious shark attack occurred in Reunion Island today ( Saturday, October 26th ).

According to the local media, a 24-years old man ( named ‘Tanguy’ ) was bitten by a shark at a popular surfing spot called ‘ Le Tournant ‘ in Etang-Salé-les-Bains at about 04:30 pm. The commune L’Etang-Salé is located on the western coast of the island.

The victim sustained serious injuries with his right leg reportedly severed. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Saint-Pierre where he arrived at about 05:30 pm.

The mayor of l’Etang Salé and the subprefect of Saint-Pierre went to the scene of the attack.

This latest incident will likely further fuel the shark attack debate in Reunion Island.

Sources: zinfos974, clicanoo

Re: 10/26/2013 - Tanguy - Reunion Island

Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 6:04 pm
by alb
Surfer loses leg in latest Reunion island shark attack

A 24-year-old surfer was fighting for his life in hospital after a shark bit off his leg off the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion Saturday, authorities said.

"The body boarder's right leg was severed at the thigh," the territory's local administration said in a statement. The incident took place around 20 metres (yards) from the beach.

The two other shark attacks reported off the island this year were deadly. The authorities said the latest victim, a local man, was outside the protected perimeter. They urged beachgoers to exercise the utmost caution.

Some argue that the growing amounts of wastewater poured into the sea attract sharks while others blame a marine reserve where fishing is banned for the spike in attacks in recent years.