A shark attack on the French territory of New Caledonia has resulted in the death of an Australian tourist.
The shark attacked the 59-year old as he was swimming 150m from the coast at Noumea’s beach on Sunday.
Local media reported that he was bit several times and suffered major injuries to his leg and both arms.
The man was brought to the shore by a jet ski, but he died on the spot.
Authorities ordered the closing of all beaches in the area, and the capture of sharks in the nearby waters.
A shark attack left a 49-year old swimmer seriously injured. However, a surfer was only a few days later attacked by a shark but was not hurt.
According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, New Caledonia is 13th in the world regarding the number of shark attacks. It’s located south of Vanuatu, and approximately 750 miles (1.200km) east of Australia.