Reunion Island has had 30 reported shark attacks since 1972. Photo: Joli

On Saturday, Feb. 19, at 6 pm local time a surfer was attacked on Reunion Island. The attack occurred at Three Rocks, Saint-Gilles, a popular location for both surfers and tourists.

The identity of the 32-year old victim is still unknown. According to reports, the surfer's leg was tore off at the knee but the victim was still conscious when emergency vehicles rushed him to the hospitable.

Tézier Remy, a witness on the scene at the time of the attack stated the waves were beautiful and the water was clear. Remy claimed that there had not been an attack in the area before, but that local sharks are "unpredictable."

There have been 30 attacks on Reunion Island reported since 1972, 17 of which have been fatal. Before Saturday's attack, the last shark attack on the island took place in March 2010, with the victim only sustaining scratches.

According to statistics released by the Shark Research Comittee, surfers are the most common shark attack victims. Click here to read more.