Woman mauled by shark in French Polynesia

2:39 pm on 22 October 2019

A tourist has been badly injured in a shark attack in French Polynesia.

Bikini Atoll

A shark swims through coral (file photo). Photo: Supplied/ Stephen Palumbi

Media reports say the 35-year-old woman was swimming off Moorea when she was mauled by a white pointer.

Reports say she suffered injuries to her arms and chest but remained conscious.

She has been flown to hospital to Tahiti.

Shark attacks in French Polynesia are rare.