10/21/2019 - Emmanuelle B - French Polynesia

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10/21/2019 - Emmanuelle B - French Polynesia

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A woman seriously injured by a shark in Moorea

Dramatic accident this morning in Moorea, where a woman was attacked by a white tip shark during a whale-watching trip. Severely bitten in both arms and chest, the victim was helicoptered to the CHPF where he was operated on.

It is an extremely rare accident in Polynesia which took place this morning in Moorea. A whale-watching woman was seriously injured, in the presence of her family and her 6-year-old son, by a parata shark (white tip). To save time, the victim was brought ashore to the nearest pontoon, that of the InterContinental hotel in Moorea where the firefighters were waiting. A witness says: "I saw this woman who had no more arms, the other on the left side was just hanging, the hand was hanging down, and the right side was also puffed up towards the ribs. It was a big panic for everyone. "

According to this testimony, when he arrived ashore, the victim was conscious and asked "but why did you take me there if it was not safe?" The Moorea firefighters spoke of bites which would have cut both wrists and tore a breast from this young woman. She was evacuated by helicopter to Taaone hospital.

A judicial investigation will have to determine the exact circumstances of this accident. In Polynesia, it is very rare for sharks to attack humans.

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