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Savage Frenzy: Swarm Of Sharks Kill Surfer Off France's Reunion Island
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SAINT-GILLES, Reunion -- Police officials Thursday confirmed that a surfer has been killed in a savage shark attack off the shores of Saint-Gilles, a tourist area of Reunion, a French island located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. The attack, the second in a year, occurred when a surfer, Eddy Auber, was about 200 meters from shore at a place call Ti Boucan. Several residents who witnessed the attack said the surfer struggled in the water but no one could help as several sharks were circling the area.

Despite medical help arriving on the scene shortly after the attack, the surfer could not be resuscitated and died from his injuries. "His right arm was severed and one of his legs had been shredded," said the commander of the gendarmerie of Saint Paul, Dominique Paulo. "He had several bite marks on the thigh and hip, and his board was notched about 20 centimeters," said a local resident.

Patrick Commoner, a local resident and surfer who had helped to bring the body to shore, said Auber was already dead when he was brought out of the water.

Witnesses said it appeared that the surfer was attacked by several sharks at the same time.

This is the second serious shark attack off Reunion since the beginning of the year. In February, A surfer lost his leg in a shark attack also off the coast of Saint-Gilles.

Thirty one shark attacks have been recorded on Reunion since 1972, now with 8 being fatal. Before this February, the last attack occurred in March 2010, with the victim getting away with only scratches.

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People needs to be more careful in those waters, signs warning of shark attacks should be posted along the beach, and swimmers should be reminded often. Sad to hear of those attacks and condolences to the mourning families.
   comment# 1   - Tonia · Brooklyn, USA · Jun 21, 2011 @ 9:01am

condolences, obviously, to the mourning families, but really everyone. WHEN are we going to stop letting journalists get away with the 'savage shark attack' line? The sharks are not savage, they are acting according to their nature. I agree that it is of concern that there have been two shark attacks off Reunion so far this year but... look at the numbers: 31 shark attacks since 1972. That's less than one a year. And of those only 8 were fatal. Which is one fatality about every five years, on average. How many of us could say that about cars? Toasters? Domesticated dogs even? No. It's time we started appreciating sharks for the magnificent top predators they are and understanding that if they wanted to eat humans, many many more of us would be dying every year. This was a mistake. Plain and simple. There was nothing 'savage' about it.
   comment# 2   - georgina · cape town, south africa · Jul 1, 2011 @ 6:04am
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