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Shark kills French surfer off New Caledonia

March 6, 2009 |  8:35 am


A 19-year-old French surfer was killed by a shark today as he surfed off New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific.

According to local police, the surfer's arm was torn off and his leg bitten as he tried to board a boat with his friend.

The surfer, who was studying in the New Caledonia capital, Noumea, died shortly after being transported to shore. It is not known what type of shark was responsible.

--Pete Thomas

Photo: Great white shark swims near caged divers off south Australia. Credit: Andrew Fox