Man surfing in ‘banned area’ killed by a shark which ripped off his leg in attack off Reunion Island

A surfer has been killed in a shark attack off the island of Reunion.

The man, aged 28, was pronounced dead on being brought back to the port of Saint-Leu.

He was surfing in a ‘banned area’ in the Indian Ocean and ‘ignored warnings’ authorities had issued, the Mirror reported.

Medical teams are pictured attending the scene, above. The man, aged 28, was pronounced dead on being brought back to the port of Saint-Leu, pictured above

Medical teams are pictured attending the scene, above. The man, aged 28, was pronounced dead on being brought back to the port of Saint-Leu, pictured above

Medical teams are pictured attending the scene, above. The man, aged 28, was pronounced dead on being brought back to the port of Saint-Leu, pictured above

He was accompanied by three friends who tried to take him back to land but did not manage, according to one local official. 

A sharp increase in shark attacks on Reunion since 2011 has been dubbed locally the ‘shark crisis’ and prompted authorities to step up alert systems.

It is the 24th shark attack recorded since 2011 on the island, which is French territory. 

Before the latest attack, the local authorities had urged the ‘greatest vigilance’ among beach users as more people flock to the coast at a season when there are high numbers of the highly aggressive bull shark.   

More people have flocked to the coast at a season when there are high numbers of the highly aggressive bull shark. Three friends tried to take the surfer back to land but did not manage, according to one local official

More people have flocked to the coast at a season when there are high numbers of the highly aggressive bull shark. Three friends tried to take the surfer back to land but did not manage, according to one local official

More people have flocked to the coast at a season when there are high numbers of the highly aggressive bull shark. Three friends tried to take the surfer back to land but did not manage, according to one local official

Before the latest attack, the local authorities had urged the 'greatest vigilance' among beach users. It is the 24th shark attack recorded since 2011 on the island, which is French territory

Before the latest attack, the local authorities had urged the 'greatest vigilance' among beach users. It is the 24th shark attack recorded since 2011 on the island, which is French territory

Before the latest attack, the local authorities had urged the ‘greatest vigilance’ among beach users. It is the 24th shark attack recorded since 2011 on the island, which is French territory

A sign in Saint-Leu taken in 2010 reads 'Baignade interdite', French for 'No Swimming'. A sharp increase in shark attacks on Reunion since 2011 has been dubbed locally the 'shark crisis' [File photo]

A sign in Saint-Leu taken in 2010 reads 'Baignade interdite', French for 'No Swimming'. A sharp increase in shark attacks on Reunion since 2011 has been dubbed locally the 'shark crisis' [File photo]

A sign in Saint-Leu taken in 2010 reads ‘Baignade interdite’, French for ‘No Swimming’. A sharp increase in shark attacks on Reunion since 2011 has been dubbed locally the ‘shark crisis’ [File photo]

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