28 Dec 2013

Man badly bitten by shark in New Caledonia

8:35 am on 28 December 2013

A 37-year-old man was badly bitten on the foot by a shark on Christmas Day in northern New Caledonia.

Police say the victim was snorkelling near the beach of Linderalique at Hienghene.

He was reportedly dragged ashore and applied a tourniquet.

The Noumea resident was taken to hospital where he was operated on.

Hienghene authorities banned bathing on the beach, which is near a resort.