FATAL – 16 August 2011 – Anse Lazio, Praslin, Seychelles — swimmer attacked??

We’ve just had another report via comment to SharkAttackMonitor saying there was another shark attack in Anse Lazio, Praslin, Seychelles today – 16 August 2011. Apparently it was a fatal attack on a British tourist. We’re waiting for confirmation and further details.

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13 Comments on “FATAL – 16 August 2011 – Anse Lazio, Praslin, Seychelles — swimmer attacked??”

  1. seychellois Says:


  2. Hunny Says:

    Confirmed by company member. Victim is son of employee.

  3. Symo Says:

    Yes, this is true. Having spoken to my house keeper on Praslin, she confirmed a second fatal attack today. 1st report was an English man, attacked at anse lazio. Lost his arm and now dead. This is really bad for Seychelles tourism. One can only speculate what the shark is and why it occurred again. I for 1 can confirm the presence of large bull sharks in the costal waters around Praslin having caught 1 around 8 months ago. There are also tiger sharks around having young in September and October……

  4. GdM Says:

    Unfortunately I have to confirm the attack in Anse Lazio occurred today (Tuesday) afternoon. I am still anchored here (anse Lazio) and locals came and advised not to swim. It seems the victim was a 12 year old boy.

  5. Ian Says:

    I just wanted to give my account of what happened today. I was standing right on the beach during the whole thing. I am an American on honeymoon and decided to go to Anse Lazio because all the guide books say it is the best snorkeling in Seychelles. I had no idea there was a shark attack at this very beach earlier this month. It seems utterly unfathomable that *2* attacks in 1 month could occur on the *same* beach.

    This is everything I can remember…

    I was seated on the beach when a lady beside me starting shouting something and pointing towards the water. I speak French and English and didn’t recognize it, but I think she was probably yelling that she saw fins?? Her husband ran towards the water and began waving at the nearby catamaran docked about 30 yards offshore. I could see someone in the water with a mask and snorkel about 20 yards offshore.

    I didn’t know what was going on, but people started crowding around the edge of the water, and then dinghies launched from both catamarans. They circled the swimmer and pulled him into one of the dinghies.

    At this point I though maybe the swimmer had simply been too tired and called for rescue? Or maybe he had been stung by a sea urchin or something.

    This is where honestly my nerves/emotions kicked in and my recollection may not be 100% accurate. I just wanted to write what I *feel* I witnessed.

    I believe the dinghy ended up taking the swimmer *back* to the catamaran. It felt like there were nearly 10 or 15 minutes where people were just standing around on the beach, staring at the water and most of us were wondering what had just happened. Eventually the dinghy began heading back towards the beach. When it landed, many of the men on the beach ran up to help pull the dinghy to shore. This is when I saw the swimmer, who was missing a huge chunk of flesh from his left leg, so much so that I could see the bone of his thigh. He was sickeningly pale, but still had his flippers on both feet. At this point a woman ran over and started screaming… she said “that’s my husband! We were just married…”

    I wanted to burst into tears. People all over the beach where just hugging whoever was close to them or squatting in the sand pulling on their hair, or trying to keep any children from witnessing what was going on.

    After a few minutes some men moved him to the shore, I believe they tried to put a tourniquet on his leg, and I thought I saw a saline drip. At one point a man rushed over to help, I assume he was a doctor… I saw someone had a saline drip and they were elevating his right (uninjured) leg presumably to preserve blood.

    After some time, perhaps 5 minutes I saw someone doing chest compressions and that’s when I knew this was a fatal attack. The ambulance arrived around 5 or 10 minutes even later than that (a full 30 to 40 minutes from the time of the accident).

    I am so deeply saddened for the loss of the young woman. I had been snorkeling in the same area not 30 minutes before and was seconds away from actually jumping in the water to snorkel again (with my wife!) when the accident happened. I feel so lucky to be alive right now, I have never experienced anything like this.

    My heart goes out to all those who were affected by today’s tragedy.

    • tim Says:

      this is awful – i have swum at anse lazio regularly and nev er seen sharks there. does anyone know if anyone actually saw a shark today? it seems the government is confirming it was a shark attack this time.
      a friend in seychelles said there was a doctor on the beach?

  6. Ian Says:

    Also I just wanted to be clear, the victim was definitely not a 12 year old boy. I would say 30 to 40 year old man.

  7. Myriam Says:

    Time to warm tourist of possible dangers!

  8. alex Says:

    I recently spent 2 weeks in Seychelles where I have a couple of great friends (nicest people) and was reassured by my Seychellois friends prior and during my trip that there was no shark attack risk in the Seychelles (I am myself scared of big fish and the depths of the sea) as they have more than enough to feed on and don’t go to the coast… this is a surprise to them… I was at Anse Lazio a few days before the first attack as well as a few days after and can only say one thing… Nobody seemed too concerned about swimming in those waters that by the way are rougher at this time of the year. Having said that, 30-40 min for an ambulance may seem long but truth is that Anse Lazio is not located around the corner and it is not a road to speed…
    This is a very tragic story and my condolences go to family and friends… I am at awe and in tears

    PS: I did hear when first attack the concern from locals over the boats throwing food/garbage while docking near the coast, and their believe that this may have influenced the sharks behavior.

  9. Belo Says:

    Fishermen on boats are trying their best to capture the shark, helicopters are flying frequently for arial view and we are telling people not to enter the water constantly!

  10. Jaxxx Says:

    We are about to go for our honeymoon and I am very worried – we will be staying on Mahe – not far…

    How can I get updated info and be relieved about authorities doing all they can to manage shark attacks.

    Are these helicopters going to patrol regularly? Any plans to put nets? Life Savers?

  11. tim Says:

    a very concerted effort is being made to catch the shark on Praslin. the usual rules apply – don’t swim at dusk or very early morning, don’t swim in murky waters. until the Praslin incidents there have never been any tourists bitten by sharks in seychelles. this seems like a very unusual ‘freak’ incident. there are no shark nets in seychelles. i wouldn’t hesitate to swim on Mahe – but some beaches have strong surf especially in the south.

  12. Belo Says:

    No one should jump to any conclusion as to what type of shark is out there. Both victims I witnessed having a similar toothbite inkury to the hand 2 and a haf inches long and 1 and a half wide and about 1 inch deep. People are still being warned not to go in the water!

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