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French diplomat injured by shark

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10:11 CEST+02:00

A 30-year-old French diplomat based in Papua New Guinea was airlifted to a hospital in Australia on Monday after being attacked by a shark while kite-surfing.

Thomas Viot told AFP that he was attacked by a 2-metre tiger shark at a reef off the capital, Port Moresby.

"I managed to ride back with my kite-surf," he said from hospital on Monday. "It was bleeding very badly and I don't know how I managed to get back. I've lost a lot of blood and had to have an operation on my legs."

The diplomat, who is on a posting for the European Union, said he was undeterred by the incident and was eager to get back to kite-surfing.

"It's not my first surfing accident," he said. "I was attacked by a stingray at the start of the year…This is my first shark attack though, and hopefully my last."


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