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15-year-old girl killed by shark off France's Reunion Island

Published on Jul 15, 2013 11:26 PM

SAINT-DENIS DE LA REUNION, France (Reuters) - A shark killed a 15-year old girl on Monday as she swam with mask and flippers a few metres from the shore of the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion.

It was the second deadly shark attack this year off the French island, which is just east of Madagascar, and brings to five the total of shark-related deaths there since 2011.

The teenager was snorkelling in Saint Paul Bay, in the north-west of the island, an unsupervised area where bathing is forbidden due to high shark numbers, officials said. A friend swimming with her was unharmed.

It was the first time in at least three decades that a swimmer, rather than a surfer, was killed by a shark off the island.

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