Local officials said the year-old girl was attacked in the mid-afternoon while swimming just a few metres from shore in Saint-Paul Bay on the western side of the island. The girl, on holiday from mainland France, was swimming with another girl who had just climbed on shore when the attack took place. Firefighters, lifeguards and a police helicopter are carrying out a search," said Gina Hoarau, the head of public safety in Saint-Paul. We didn't think a shark could come so close to the shore. A year-old French honeymooner was killed by a shark in May while surfing not far from the island's popular beach of Brisants de Saint-Gilles. Last year, 78 shark attacks were reported around the world, of which eight were fatal.
Girl, 15, killed in beach shark attack off French island
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France 24 is not responsible for the content of external websites. A woman aged 39 has died of her injuries after she was attacked by a shark while bathing off the French portion of the Caribbean island of Saint-Martin, local officials said Friday. The local authorities have banned bathing and watersports for the next 48 hours in the wake of the attack on Thursday afternoon, the prefecture said in a statement. The woman was spending a sabbatical year on the island, which is divided between a French side that is part of France and a Dutch side that is a country of the Netherlands. She was swimming some metres feet off the Baie Orientale, a heavily-touristed area facing the Atlantic, when she cried out, said Mikael Dore, the secretary general of the prefecture.
Shark kills woman off France's Saint-Martin in Caribbean
Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first. A French woman was killed Thursday in a brutal shark attack off St. Martin , which officials say was the first such incident in over a decade.
By Peter Allen for MailOnline. The year-old, who lives on the French mainland, was less than 15 feet five metres from the shore of the island of Reunion, located off the coast of Madagascar, when the savage attack took place. Her terrified sister was among those who saw the girl schoolgirl disappear under the water at around 3pm today.