7 Mar 2009

French man dies in New Caledonia after shark attack

11:17 am on 7 March 2009

A young French man has died after he was attacked by sharks while out surfing in New Caledonia.

Police say the 19-year-old student's was apparently attacked by several sharks while trying to get back onto a boat with his friend.

The man's friend managed to get him to shore, but he was dead by the time emergency workers reached him.

The incident took place in an area popular with surfers.

The victim was from northwest France but was studying in the New Caledonia capital, Noumea.