Saturday 25 February 2017

Newlywed Briton killed by shark

Arj Singh

A British man has been killed in a suspected shark attack in the Seychelles. It is understood that the 30-year-old victim was on his honeymoon.

Britain's Foreign Office confirmed the death of a Briton on the islands where Prince William and his wife recently had their honeymoon.

The shark attack happened off Anse Lazio beach on the island of Praslin, the second largest island in the Seychelles.

An employee at the four-star La Reserve hotel confirmed the man was staying there with his wife. Many of the beaches and snorkelling spots close to Praslin were closed following the incident.

Jeanne Vargiolu (56), the owner of Le Chevalier restaurant on the beach, said she saw the man's wife saying she "still had hope" for her husband while he lay on the beach with horrific injuries.

Ms Vargiolu said she went to the beach after hearing sirens to find a French doctor treating the man and "a lot of police officers" surrounding him.

She said police told her the man had lost one arm and had the flesh stripped off one leg and had holes in his chest and stomach from shark bites.

"I saw his wife talking to about five people, I think one was English, that she still had hope he was still alive," she said.

"All the meat on one of the legs was gone. They were trying to help him but they could not get him alive."

Ms Vargiolu said no one swam in the sea after the attack as they were "in shock".

She said police were going to close the beach.

According to reports, a 36-year-old French tourist died on August 1 after he suffered injuries which appeared to have been caused by a shark.

Ms Vargiolu's family have lived on the beach for 36 years and she said the two shark attacks this month were the first she had seen.

Director for tourism Alain St Ange said: "We are taking this very seriously. If there is a rogue shark out there we will try to catch it.

"We have requested shark experts from South Africa to come over to Seychelles to help. . . this kind of thing has never ever happened in Seychelles before."

Irish Independent

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