Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By RA­CEL SPENCER

A 15-YEAR-OLD girl has been killed af­ter a shark “bit her in half” while she swam in the In­dian Ocean.

The hor­ror at­tack hap­pened as the girl snorkelled just five me­tres from the shore on the French is­land of Re­union – near Mau­ri­tius and Mada­gas­car.

The teen – on hol­i­day from main­land France – was with an­other girl, who es­caped.

The pair were in a cove at Saint-Paul, on the north west of the is­land, where bathing is for­bid­den due to the high num­bers of sharks.

Gina Hoa­rau, di­rec­tor of pub­lic safety in Saint-Paul, said: “Part of her body was car­ried away by the shark.”

It is the sec­ond deadly shark at­tack this year off the French is­land and brings the to­tal of shark-re­lated deaths there since 2011 to five.

It is the first time in at least three decades that a swim­mer, rather than a surfer, was killed.

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