Italian tourist killed in horror Caribbean shark attack

Italian tourist killed in horror Caribbean shark attack. The snorkeler was bitten by an 8ft shark.

The shocking attack happened off the coastline of the Colombian island of San Andres. 56-year-old Italian snorkeler Antonio Straccialini died following the attack. It is believed that he was bitten by a tiger shark.

Italian press named the man as Antonio Straccialini from Roseto degli Abruzzi. The man had been snorkelling in the La Piscinita area on Friday, March 18. After being bitten in the leg he bled to death.

A spokesperson for the island government commented: “There are diving programmes with professionals in which sharks pass nearby, but nothing has ever happened.”

Rodrigo Lopez is a marine biologist. Lopez revealed details about the shocking attack and said: “People are very worried about what’s happened and they’re not letting people go into the water.

“A witness said the man who was attacked was a good swimmer and had been in the sea for quite a while and when he went further out a second time after coming back towards the shore, began to shout out for help and was surrounded by blood.”

According to The Daily Mail, a diving instructor added: “We are all very surprised. It’s the first time a shark has attacked a tourist in San Andres.”

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