Shark kills 15-year-old girl in Reunion
SAINT-DENIS DE LA REUNION — A teenage girl tourist was killed in a shark attack on Monday while swimming off the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, the second such attack this year in the French overseas territory.
Local officials said the 15-year-old was attacked in the mid-afternoon while swimming just a few meters (yards) from shore in Saint-Paul bay on the western side of the island.
The girl, on holiday from mainland France, was swimming with another girl who had just climbed on shore when the attack took place.
“Part of her body was carried away by the shark. Firefighters, lifeguards and a police helicopter are carrying out a search,” said Gina Hoarau, the head of public safety in Saint-Paul.
“The conditions of this attack are very surprising. We didn’t think a shark could come so close to the shore,” Hoarau said.
A 36-year-old French honeymooner was killed by a shark in May while surfing not far from the island’s popular beach of Brisants de Saint-Gilles.
Last year, 78 shark attacks were reported around the world, of which eight were fatal.
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94