An Australian kitesurfer has died after sustaining a shark bite in New Caledonia.
David Jewell was kitesurfing on the inside of a reef at Koumac at around 3:40 pm when he fell into the water. A large shark bit the 50-year-old on his right thigh. The catamaran, Discovery, was near the scene and alerted authorities at around 3:48 pm and a rescue boat was dispatched.
Nicolas Renaud, the head of the New Caledonia’s Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre said Mr. Jewell went into cardiac arrest and was given first aid by good Samaritans before being taken to shore by a rescue boat.
He was transported to a waiting ambulance at the port of Koumac. He was pronounced dead at 5 pm.
The species of sharks has not been identified.
This is the fifth shark attack bite in New Caledonia of 2016 and the second fatal incident. In April of 2016, 69-year-old Nicole Malignon was in roughly 5 feet (1.5m) of water when she was bitten by an estimated eight foot (2.5m) shark.
There have been a total of fifty-nine shark attack bites in 2016. Six of which were fatal. Twenty-six reported in the US, with seventeen occurring in Florida. Eleven have occurred in Australia, three of which were fatal.