Shark tore off a tourist’s leg

A shark inflicted fatal injuries to a woman off the coast of the French part of the island of Saint-Martin, located in the Caribbean. France 24 writes about it.

On Thursday, December 10, a 39-year-old woman was attacked by a shark. The tourist was swimming about 150 meters from the shore when a predatory fish attacked her. The bather screamed, and two men on the boat immediately rushed to her aid.

When they swam to the woman, she was unconscious. The shark bit off her leg, and blood gushed from the wound. The victim was taken to the shore, where she was treated, but the doctors were unable to save her.

Local authorities have banned swimming and water sports for the next 48 hours after the attack.

The woman is known to have been on the island for a year’s leave.

What kind of shark attacked the tourist is not specified. However, on Sunday, December 13, a tiger shark was spotted near another beach. Local authorities expressed concern about the situation. Tiger sharks have a reputation for being dangerous predators for humans. They rank second after great white sharks in the number of attacks on humans.

Shark attacks on people near the island of Saint-Martin are extremely rare. The last time this happened was in 1995.

The island of Saint-Martin is divided into two parts. One belongs to France, the other to the Netherlands. About 77 thousand people live on the island.

Previously it was reported that in the stomach of a tiger shark caught off the coast of the French Reunion Islands, found two human hands and a bracelet. Reunion is located in the Indian Ocean, 700 kilometers east of Madagascar. The island is an overseas region of France.