05. August 2012
A man was attacked by a shark this late Sunday afternoon (after 5 pm) at a surf spot off Saint-Leu on the west coast of Reunion Island.
The surfer suffered major injuries to his right calf and right hand. He was taken to the ‘Centre Hospitalier Universitaire’ in Saint-Pierre for surgery.
According to the information site linfo, this is the first recorded shark attack on a surfer/bodyboarder in the waters of the commune of Saint-Leu. It’s this year’s third shark bite incident in Reunion.
Linfo is also reporting that the victim’s name is ‘Fabien’ (aged 40) but this hasn’t been confirmed by officials yet.
The Deputy Mayor of the same commune is Thierry Robert who came up with a controversial order to cull the bull shark population in the coastal waters of Saint-Leu.
Two days later, the order was revoked by Mr. Robert (see here). But there are still plans to introduce a prefectural by-law to allow shark fishing in the Marine Reserve.
UPDATE – Youtube Video below: New Shark Attack in Reunion – 5. August 2012
Source: linfo, zinfos947.