13-year-old Elio Canestri killed in shark attack
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 April, 2015 - On the island’s west coast Elio Canestri was surfing with friends and drifted away from the group. When friends realized he was being attacked by a shark.
During the attack Elio Canestri was knocked off his board and mauled. He suffered massive injuries and blood loss during the attack. Reports say he lost limbs and part of his stomach. The attack was witnessed by several other surfers, including children, who are being treated for trauma.
"It is horrific," a witness to the attack told a local radio station.
Emergency services tried to rescue the boy, but were unable to save him. “A boat was launched very quickly, and the victim was dragged out of the sea, but he died from his wounds.”
Jeremy Flores paid tribute to Elio on his Instagram account “ANOTHER shark attack in Reunion island this morning. 13 years old Elio was one of our best up and coming surfer. Words can’t describe how sad and angry i am. So young !!! Heart breaking News. RIP : (
This is the seventh fatality on Reunion as a result of a shark attack since 2011.
A special Facebook page has been setup to honor and remember Elio Canestri