Saturday, October 26, 2013

24-Year-Old Surfer's Leg Severed in La Réunion Shark Attack

The Etang-Salé les Bains beach
A 24 year old local surfer was attacked by an unknown type of shark at Etang-Salé-les-Bains, on the south-west coast of the Island of Réunion, a French island located in the Indian Ocean.

The attack occurred at around 4:00pm while the surfer was about 20 meters off shore.  The surfer lost part of his right leg which was severed at his thigh. When he was brought to shore he was still conscientious and was transported to St. Peter hospital

Immediately following the attack, the Fisheries Committee initiated their post-attack procedures which call for several area fishing vessels to engage in targeted shark fishing operations in the immediate vicinity of the attack area.

This marks the third shark incident in Réunion this year and there have been a total of five fatalities due to shark attacks since 2011.  Due to the recent shark incidents, there is currently a ban on swimming, surfing and most water activities for a large portion of the island until February 15, 2014.

UPDATE 10/27/2013:
The victim has been identified as Tanguy G. and he is still in serious condition at the hospital.  At the time of the attack, Tanguy was body surfing with a friend.

According to reports, the fishing vessels deployed to locate and catch the shark in question returned to the harbor the next morning empty handed.

The following video has been posted on Youtube by John Vereken and it shows the chaotic scene on the beach immediately after the attack.

2013 Related Stories:
-Fatal Shark Attack Claims Life of 15-Year-Old Girl in the Island of Réunion (July 15, 2013)
-Surfing Honeymooner Killed by Shark Off Reunion Island (May 18, 2013)

News Accounts:
Un requin sectionne la jambe d’un surfeur de 24 ans à La Réunion - actu Réunion
Attaque de requin à l’Etang-Salé : la jambe de la victime a été sectionnée - Le Journal
Photo credit: Range Etang-Salé