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Shark Kills 13-Year-Old Surfer on French Indian Ocean Island

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Baku, April 13, AZERTAC

A 13-year-old boy has been killed by a shark while surfing off the shore of the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean.

The island, with an active volcano and striking vistas that attract tourists, has seen a rise in shark activity in recent years. It was the seventh shark-related death since 2011.

After a non-fatal shark attack in February, authorities banned all water activities outside select areas watched by lifeguards.

The regional maritime rescue service, known as CROSS, said in a statement that the boy was surfing Sunday in an off-limits area on the west coast of the island when the shark attacked his arms and legs. The statement says rescuers arrived quickly but could not save him.

Authorities would not provide further details about the victim.

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