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Bodyboarder dies on beach after being mauled in shark attack in front of shocked holidaymakers on paradise island

Mirror logo Mirror 21/02/2017 Peter Allen

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A bodyboarder bled to death on a beach after being mauled by a shark in front of shocked holidaymakers on a paradise island.

The 26-year-old man was fatally wounded on the French island of Reunion as local officials claim signs warning of the dangers of shark attacks had recently been vandalised.

Horrified swimmers saw the man attacked as he bodyboarded in shallow waters in the Indian Ocean.

The man was the eight person killed by a shark in the Indian Ocean in the last six years and 12 more have been injured.

Local councillors claim signs warning of the dangers of swimming in the water had been sawn down over the weekend.

Marie-Lise Chane, the deputy mayor of Saint-Andre, said: "The dangers of the site were indicated by signs prohibiting swimming and water activities, but they were sawn off over the weekend."

A helicopter arrived with a team of medical workers, but ‘by the time he was pulled on to the beach he was dead’, said the spokesman.

A local policeman said: "The attack happened in Saint-Andre. The victim was bitten in the femoral artery.

"The thigh wound caused blood to pour out of the man, as those he was bodyboarding with desperately tried to save him."

Reunion has been struggling to maintain its reputation for safety after persistent attacks by sharks.

The last before today was as recently as seven months ago, when a 21-year-old bodyboarder lost his right arm and a leg in an attack. A 13-year-old boy was killed by a shark in April 2015.

Shark safety measures put in place around Reunion include nets and boat patrols.

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