A 13-year-old surfer was killed in the waters off an Indian Ocean island on Sunday morning after he was attacked by a shark, in full view of horrified onshore onlookers.
Elio Canestri was surfing with seven others off the west coast of the island on Sunday morning when a Bulldog shark attacked, a spokesman for the island’s rescue services agency told NBC News. The shark sunk its teeth into the teen’s stomach and flung him around the water as he prepared to mount a wave, the spokesman added.“A boat was launched very quickly, and the victim was dragged out of the sea, but he died from his wounds,” the spokesman said, declining to give his name due to company policy. “Those who witnessed the attack, including other children, are being treated for trauma.”
Flores paid tribute to Canestri on Instagram:
“A boat was launched very quickly, and the victim was dragged out of the sea, but he died from his wounds,” a rescue services spokesman told the International Business Times. “Those who witnessed the attack, including other children, are being treated for trauma.”
According to National Geographic, bull sharks are considered by experts “to be the most dangerous sharks in the world” because of their tendencies to hunt in shallow, warm waters and eat just about anything they encounter.