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Hundreds pay tribute to 13-year-old surfing champion killed by shark

This was the seventh fatal attack since 2011.

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE gathered on Reunion beach today to pay tribute to 13-year-old Elio Canestri.

The surfing champion was dragged out to sea by a shark while surfing off the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion yesterday morning.


Witnesses say the boy was flung around the water as the shark tore off his limbs and part of his stomach.

The attack took place in an off-limits section of the waters at Lobster Cape, west of Reunion island.

Professional surfer Jeremy Flores who grew up on the island led tributes to the teenager.

He also posted on his Instagram:

ANOTHER shark attack in Reunion island this morning. 13 years old Elio was one of our best up and coming surfer. Words can’t describe how sad and angry I am. So young !!! Heart breaking News . RIP :(

Read: Boy (13) dies after losing limbs in horrific shark attack>

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