File image of surfers at Trois-Bassins (Photo: Pierre Lannes)
Shark kills surfer on Indian Ocean island
Published: 23 Jul 2012 17:14 GMT+02:00
A surfer died on Monday on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion after a shark bit off his leg, officials said.
Fellow surfers were able to haul Alexandre Rassica, a 22-year-old local, back to the beach at Trois-Bassins on the west of the island after the attack.
But when paramedics arrived he was in a state of cardiac arrest, officials said.
La Reunion, a popular tourist destination, last year saw six shark attacks on humans, two of them deadly.
Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP
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