The 59-year-old man was swimming near a pontoon on Château-Royal beach in the capital Nouméa
An Australian tourist has died after being attacked by a shark in the waters off New Caledonia in the South Pacific. This was reported by the public broadcaster New Caledonia 1 TV.
The 59-year-old man was swimming near a pontoon on Château-Royal beach in the capital Nouméa when a shark attacked him around 4pm local time on Sunday. Two people on a jet ski saw the scene and took the tourist onto the beach, where the emergency services tried to save him for a long time with cardiopulmonary resuscitation. But the serious wounds to his leg and both arms were fatal
After the attack, the authorities closed the beaches of Nouméa, a popular destination for international tourists in the French overseas territory. “Bathing and nautical activities are closed in a coastal strip of 300 meters until further notice,” the Nouméa city council said in a statement. A shark cull was also authorised, New Caledonia added 1. It was the third attack in the cove near Château-Royal beach in recent months.