A TOURIST was bludgeoned to death by a shark on a busy beach that has just reopened after another attack.
The 59-year-old Australian was swimming near a pontoon about 500ft from the beach in New Caledonia when he was bitten multiple times on his arms and legs.
Horror footage shows the man splashing in the water while being attacked by the shark.
Two people on a jet ski nearby took him back to the beach, where emergency services attempted to rescue him.
The attack happened around 4 p.m. on Sunday on the beach at Chateau-Royal, south of the capital Noumea.
On the same beach a 49-year-old swimmer was seriously injured last month and a surfer was attacked a few days ago.
It has emerged that the shark may have been lured to the beach by food thrown into the water from the observation deck of a nearby restaurant.
The man killed is said to have traveled alone and stayed at the nearby Le Meridien Hotel.
“It happened so close to shore that the poor victim was face down in the water when the jet ski came towards him,” a guest at the nearby Chateau Royal hotel told Daily Mail Australia.
“There was blood everywhere, we could see it from the beach.
“So many people were in the water at the same time and they had only reopened the beach a few days ago.”
After the attacked man was terrified, swimmers rushed back to the beach and police evacuated the area.
Noumea Mayor Sonia Lagarde ordered most beaches in the area to be closed and tiger sharks and bull sharks to be caught in nearby waters.
Drones were deployed to track them and two were sighted before operations ceased as night fell, police said.
The prosecutor said an investigation would shed more light on the circumstances surrounding the attack, which occurred inside the lifeguard-patrolled zone.
New Caledonia is a French territory located 750 miles east of Australia.
It ranks 13th in the world for the total number of shark attacks, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History, which has kept a list of worldwide shark attacks since 1958.
The attack comes after 16-year-old Stella Berry was killed by a shark while swimming with friends in Perth’s Swan River.
The shark emerged from the murky river water and pulled them beneath the surface while terrified friends looked on.
In 2016, an Australian kitesurfer was killed there in a shark attack.
David Jewell, 50, fell off his board when the shark attacked and bit his right leg in Kouma’s reef before suffering a heart attack.
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