Monday, July 23, Trois Bassins, La Reunion

2012-07-26 15:30

Alexandre Rassica died from a shark attack while surfing off La Reunion. The shark severed one of his legs and although fellow surfers brought him back to the beach right away, by the time paramedics arrived, Alexandre had entered cardiac arrest.

Since 1972, nine people have been recorded that died of a shark attack in these waters. The local government has not approached international authorities yet to look into this case, hence the involved shark species has yet to be determined. Personal communications (ER) with some local dive operators suggest that speerfishing is a likely cause of attracting some of the larger species. Further investigations is needed to understand the rather high incident rate in La Reunion.

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