A 13-year-old boy was killed by a shark Sunday near the shore of the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, authorities said, the latest in a string of attacks in the waters surrounding the French overseas territory.
The shark tore off the boy’s limbs and part of his stomach as he was swimming in an off-limits section of the ocean off the west coast of the island shortly before 9:00 am (5:00 GMT) on Sunday morning.
He was brought back onto the beach where he received emergency medical attention but succumbed to his injuries.
It was the 16th shark attack off the island since 2011 and the seventh to result in loss of life.
In February this year, island authorities extended to 2016 a law prohibiting swimming and other water-based activities, such as surfing and windsurfing, except in special areas in response to the high number of attacks.
The measure has resulted in a dramatic decline in tourism – a major source of revenue for the island lying to the east of Madagascar.
Red flags were raised on beaches across the island’s west coast on Sunday morning following the attack, while several commercial fishing vessels have been enlisted to help find and capture the killer shark.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)
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