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Surfer loses arm and foot in Réunion Island shark attack

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Attack is first shark incident since Réunion netted area beaches

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 31 August, 2016 - According to the International Business Times and local Réunion Island paper a 21-year-old man lost a foot and an arm after a shark attack.

Reports say Laurent Chardard was out surfing with several others near Boucan Canot Beach when he encountered the shark this week.

Chardard was rescued by a lifeguard and paddled to shore then immediately taken to a hospital by a helicopter. Once at the hospital his right arm and right foot had to be amputated.

Some reports state that the Chardard and others were warned not to surf in the area. Earlier in the day a large hole was discovered in one of the nets. Whether this was how the shark got through is uncertain, but an investigation is underway.

“That same morning the nets were inspected and a two metre hole was found so they closed the beach,” Davy Stolk of St. Leu told ZigZag Magazine. “But the swell was big so the guys still hit the water while the waves were breaking over the nets…”

In 2013 Réunion was forced to halt swimming and surfing on local beaches after several attacks. In 2015 the island netted several beaches and reopened areas to swimming.

More on this story as it develops...

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