Adrien Dubosc, 28, was bitten in the right thigh and groin area by a shark (species not identified – though it was likely a bull shark or tiger shark) while body boarding with two friends at Pointe au Sel, on Reunion island in the Indian Ocean. The attack happened on Saturday morning 29 April 2017.
Pointe au Sel is a short distance south of the well-known St Leu surf spot.
The attack came two months after one of his best friends, Alexandre Naussac, 26, was killed by a shark at a nearby beach.
Dubosc was a shark enthusiast and member of Shark Watch Patrol, whose job it is to keep an eye out for sharks while people surf and swim. The Shark Watch Patrol was set up as the number of shark attacks on Reunion has increased dramatically with 21 attacks, nine of them fatal, in the past six years.
“The young man was in the water with two friends, when a shark attacked him, biting his right thigh, and his groin area.
“The victim was pulled out of the water, and emergency workers arrived very quickly. Despite cardiac massage, he died within half an hour of the attack,” police were quoted as saying.
A 40-year-old surfer referred to only as Fabien by linfo was attacked by a shark while surfing at St Leu point break on the west coast of Reunion island in the Indian Ocean. According to the report the shark severed (sectionnés) his foot and hand. Whether they were completely severed is not clear. The incident happened around 5.15pm local time on Saturday 5 August 2012. It is the first recorded shark attack at St Leu.
He managed to get away from the shark and other surfers nearby helped him to the shore. He was helped by a doctor who was on the beach at the time and then taken to Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Saint-Pierre where he had emergency surgery to treat his wounds.
No other details were reported.
This is the second attack in Reunion waters in 2 weeks (the attack on 23 July 2012 at Trois Bassins was fatal) and has sparked a debate on the island about hunting sharks. St Leu is in a marine reserve.
Reports with few details say Alexandre Rassica, 22, a resident of La Reunion, died from his wounds after a shark bit through his leg while he was surfing at popular surf spot Trois-Bassins, on Reunion island.
According to media other surfers managed to bring him to shore but were unable to resuscitate him after he suffered a cardiac arrest.
He was surfing 100 metres offshore when the attack took place on Monday morning 23 July 2012.
Mathieu Schiller, 32, was dragged off his surfboard while surfing off Boucan Canot beach on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion. The attack by a tiger shark reportedly lasted less than 30 seconds. His body was not recovered.
The incident happened on Monday 19 September 2011.
Schiller, a European team body boarding champion in 1995, was surfing with a group of surfers when the attack happened.
There were around 20 people in shallow water and about five surfers out deeper when it happened.
We saw the shark’s nose emerge and then the man just vanished. It was very sudden, then the animal just swam off.
According to other witness accounts the shark circled Schiller before moving in “with terrifying speed”.
I was waiting for a wave with my feet in the water. We saw the shark and the next thing I knew was that he screamed and raised his arm.
We then saw a cloud of red blood in the water where he had been.
Reports differ about what happened next. Some say the surfers then managed to get Schiller, who was suffering from a gaping wound in his leg, back onto his board. One report says that the shark, which had become frenzied because of blood in the water, returned and hit the surfboard, knocking the victim back into the water. Another report says that a wave hit the board and Schiller fell off and disappeared beneath the surface.
Rescuers in a dinghy searching later for the body reported that a 4 metre bull shark had struck the dinghy trying to overturn it.
In a brief report, Arnaud (no second name reported), 15, was bitten by a shark while surfing at Roches Noires, Saint Giles, Reunion. The incident happened on 6 July 2011.
According to the report he was surfing at the exit to the harbour breakwater when he was attacked by what is believed to be a tiger shark. He escaped with minor injuries – “some scratches to the nose and ankle”.
He shouted for help and was rescued by lifeguards on a jet ski. He was taken to Gabriel Martin Hospital and was discharged a little later.