Friday, July 19, 2013

33-Year-Old Man Dies Due to Fatal Shark Attack in Diego Garci

Fatal shark attack in Diego Garcia July 14, 2013
A 33-year-old man died following a shark attack on July 14, 2013.  The attack occurred while the man was swimming off the coast of the footprint-shaped coral island Diego Garcia which is located in the central Indian Ocean and is a British Territory.

According to news reports, Fernando Licay was at the beach with friends when he decided to go for a swim by himself. Shortly after entering the water, he was bitten on the leg by an unidentified shark. The shark began thrashing the victim and his friends swam to his aid.

Even after his friends reached Mr. Licay, the shark did not release its grip on the victim's right leg. They were eventually able to free him and get him back to the beach but his leg was severely mangled.  They rushed him to the island’s medical facility but Mr. Licay died due to massive loss of blood.

Mr Licay resides in Santa Clara, California but is originally from the Philippines.

This is the second fatal shark attack this week in the Indian Ocean.  On July 15th, a 15-year-old girl was killed in a shark attack off the Island of RĂ©union.

News Accounts:
Shark devours Pinoy as friends watched! - Journal Online
Kagay-anon bitten by shark off Diego Garcia Island dies - Sun Star Cagayan de Oro
Kagayanon dies after bitten by shark in Diego Garcia Island - Tsada Gyud