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Shark kills bodyboarder on Reunion island

A man who ignored warnings not to surf off the coast of Reunion Island has died after being bitten on the leg by a shark.


Authorities urged the public to observe bans on entering the water - part of an array of measures they have taken to try to reduce the number of shark attacks. Photo/Richard BOUHET/ AFP 




Saint-André (France) (AFP) - A 26-year-old man bodyboarding off of Reunion island was killed by a shark on Tuesday, local officials said, in the latest attack in the waters of the Indian Ocean holiday destination.

It was the 20th recorded shark attack on the island since 2011, eight of which have been fatal, despite efforts by local authorities to install nets and warn locals and tourists about the dangers.

A policewoman holds the bodyboard of Alexandre Naussance, who was killed by a shark

"This accident happened even though swimming and other water sports are forbidden in this area," the local government office on French-administered Reunion said in a statement.

The man, a former shark spotter from the island once employed by the local surfing association, was pronounced dead after the shark bit through a major artery in his leg off the eastern coast near Saint-Andre.

Surfing competitions only returned to the Reunion in February 2016 after a five-year absence triggered by a shark attack on local surf champion Eric Dargent.

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