At approximately 5.30 pm on Monday 24 July there was a serious, unprovoked shark attack at English Bay on Ascension Island involving a US citizen, who was paddle-boarding approx. 30 m from shore.

The victim, having been knocked off his paddle board into the sea and suffering multiple shark lacerations, was able to climb back on to his board until he could be rescued by the Ascension Island Sea Rescue Service. He was taken to the local Georgetown hospital where he received immediate medical attention for his injuries. The victim is in a critical but stable condition and awaiting a medevac.

The Ascension Island Government has advised against entering the sea until further notice.

Ascension Island Government

Administrator’s Office

Georgetown