Man killed in shark attack in Australia
A man in Australia has died after he was bitten by a shark while he was kite-surfing in New Caledonia, Australia.
The attack is the second in the area in just six months.
“The man in his 50s was kitesurfing inside the reef at Koumac,” said Nicolas Renaud, head of the archipelago’s marine rescue co-ordination centre. “He fell and was bitten.”
The man, who has not yet been identified, was from Fremantle in Australia and was out with several other people on a catamaran when the attack happened.
“He suffered a deep bite to the thigh from a big shark. We don’t know for the moment what species it was,” said Mr Renaud.
The attack is the second in the area in the last six months. The last fatal shark attack was in New Caledonia in April when a woman was killed while walking in the sea on the beach.
In total, there were 98 shark attacks last year, which is the highest number ever recorded. Six of the attacks were fatal.