FATAL – 1 August 2011 – Anse Lazio, Praslin, Seychelles – diver attacked

In a fairly sketchy AFP report published in Gulf News, it’s reported that a French scuba diver (a 36-year-old male, name not reported) died from wounds from a possible shark attack while diving off Anse Lazio, Praslin isle in the Seychelles archipelago. The incident occurred on Monday 1 August 2011.

Some officials speculated the wounds could have been caused by a boat propeller. An autopsy was being conducted today (2 August).

A police spokesperson said tourists on the beach tried to help him, “but he died as his injuries were serious”.

No other details were reported.

Will follow this report with an update later.

Source:
Gulf News

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17 Comments on “FATAL – 1 August 2011 – Anse Lazio, Praslin, Seychelles – diver attacked”

  1. anna Says:

    it was properly a tiger shark, he was not diving, just swimming , the crew from a nearby cruise ship tried to help him, but it was too late

    • Callan Says:

      Thanks for the update Anna. Were you there? Been difficult to find a good report of the incident.

    • Roni Says:

      There was another fatal attack and it was a bull shark and they are assuming it was the same shark. The most recent was a groom while on honeymoon with his new wife. It’s sad. I wonder if anyone warned them of the previous attack that happened just a week earlier? Were there any signs posted of the danger?

  2. Belo Says:

    In responce to the tragic shark incident in seychelles, if only to ease the loved ones left behind, i held the man’s hand and stayed with him until the ambulance came. May he rest in peace.

  3. Mary Tingay Says:

    Link clickanoo.re/11-actualities/26-courrier-les-leucteurs/292215-ma-version-de-l-attaque-de-requins.html

    The above is a link to a story in French. The Seychelles government only produced an article in Seychelles Creole so that 99.9% of tourists to the island would not be able to read anything about the story. I had to write the whole URL out as I could not paste on your comments from my iPad, so hope the URL is correct.

  4. Mary Tingay Says:

    That is the very story! Sorry the link was incorrect. Good to have a clearer picture of a very sad event in Seychelles.

  5. Leon Says:

    I would like to express my condolences to the family and frends of the French tourist who died from a shark attack in Praslin .
    I was an eyewitness of the attack and saw it happen from the beach . To be clear these wounds could NOT have been caused by a boat propeller. From the moment he screamt there were no boats around him in 30 meters , and they were all lying still . And he was NOT diving he was snorkeling , but was not wearing flippers only a mask and a pipe .People in the Seychelles want to keep it as smal as possible only for toerism .This is how it happent :From the water we heared someone scream at first we did not think it was real . But than we saw a large blood stain appear in the water . immediatly two Seychellios did pick him up out of the water whit there boat and did bring him to shore . Were i and some few more people pulled the boat on shore .thats when we saw the horrifying wound .His left upper leg was al gone from knee till hip only the bone and a small piece of skin were left . he was also missing his left pink .Somebody already called a ambulance but it took a long time before they arrived .A woman did hold a umbrella to prottect him from the sun and gave him some water . i dont now if she did speak to him . I did not hear him talk ,he was in total shock .It did also take a long time before anyone found some peaces of wood to use as a brancard . I and four more people carried him from the boat to a pick upp truck and laid him in the back . Thats when the ambulance arrived and they took over . but i think at that moment he already lost his life . May he rest in peace . Even if they immediatly did send a chopper from Mahe to Praslin , i think he also would not have survived .Because the wound was to big and he lost to much blood .What maybe have caused this attack is that there were around 6 boats lying in Anse Lazio who probably dropt there fish disposel in the water , and that’s exactly what lurks big sharks to these bays . Thats what people in the Seychelles should prevent of happening in stead of acting if nothing has happend .

    • Callan Says:

      Thanks for your account, Leon.

    • Roni Says:

      Well now they have a second victim in just over a week. They can’t try to hide it anymore. There is a bull shark that seems to like humans as well. I’m sure it was traumatizing for you as well to see all that. They need to catch the shark and try to move it into deeper waters or close that part of the beach down for awhile. Now a brand new wife is a widow because they were probably not made aware of the danger.

  6. Rachael Says:

    latest reports make it seem like a scene from the Jaws movie… everyone out in boats hunting the shark, all available air services trying to find it… It is extremely sad and tragic what has happened and people need to be made more aware of the dangers when they are swimming in locations ‘out of their comfort zone’

  7. Belo Says:

    HI THIS IS BELO THE GUY WHO WAS WITH THE YOUNG MAN WHO WAS ATTACKED BY THE SHARK. I WAS THERE ONCE AGAIN WHEN THE SECOND ATTACK OCCURED, CONTRARY TO WHAT THE MEDIA IS SAYING I AND EVERYONE REPEATEDLY WARNED THE TOURIST ABOUT THE DANGER! MAY THEY REST IN PEACE!

  8. Belo Says:

    THE COUPLE WERE WARNED ABOUT THE DANGER AFTER THEY HAD LUNCH AT THE RESTAURANT BY THE BEACH. WE ARE WARNING THE PEOPLE FROM DAY ONE!

  9. Mick Hall ex diver Says:

    A picture of a big shark with big teeth is very appropriate now these two fatalties have happened. This is the Indian Ocean is it not
    one of the most shark infested waters on the planet Earth. But will the necessary signs be errected -I think not —- Too descriptive of ythe potencial danger that awaits the unwary and anyway it might spoil the scenery.


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