A Scottish tourist who thought he'd been eaten by a shark had swum in what looked like a & # 39; safe & # 39; lagoon was seen yesterday.
The man, locally named Richard Martyn Turner, was snorkeling himself in an area known to have recent sightings of sharks, according to Scottish sun.
The 44-year-old's death was confirmed by judicial sources days after his severed hand and forearm were found in the stomach of a predator.
His wife, by sources named as Verity Turner, identified his remains through his wedding ring.
Despite the fact that five sharks were killed near the coast near where he was missing, the local population described the lagoon as & # 39; safe & # 39; for swimmers.
De Schot still needs to be mentioned in public, but local sources said that the couple was before Mrs. Turner's 40th birthday in the 5-star resort of hotel Lux Réunion in Saint-Gilles.
Local newspaper clicanoo.re posted this photo of one of the five sharks caught this week. It is unclear whether it is the hand in which the hand of the tourist is found
Hermitage Lagoon at Hermitage Beach, close to the city of Saint-Paul, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Reunion. It is considered safe for swimmers thanks to the calm, shallow water less than 6 ft deep
He disappeared on Saturday while snorkeling in Hermitage Lagoon, off the coast of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean – a French overseas territory.
A police helicopter was engaged for the search for the missing man, but he could not be found by rescue teams.
The lagoon is considered safe for swimmers thanks to the calm, shallow water of less than 6 ft and the dense coral reef, which serves as a barrier that helps keep sharks out.
It is located on Hermitage Beach, close to the city of Saint-Paul – one of the most popular tourist attractions in Reunion, 800 km east of Madagascar.
A legal source on Reunion said: & # 39; The man doubtless thought he was safe. He went snorkeling around the Hermitage coral reef, where the water is warm and very shallow.
& # 39; It is possible that waves pushed the man beyond the reef into the open sea, or that the shark swam into the lagoon. What is certain now is that he is dead. & # 39;
It remained unclear last night whether the man was attacked by the tiger shark or drowned and the fish was attracted to his floating body.
One source on the island claimed that the man's hand and forearm were found in the stomach of one of the captive tiger sharks – who were between nine and 13ft long.
Tiger sharks are the second most dangerous shark for humans after the Great White.
Classified as an almost endangered species, an adult tiger shark is 10-14ft long, can weigh up to 1400 pounds and will live 15 years or more.
A spokesperson for the local search and rescue team – the Center Regional Operationnel de Surveillance et de Sauvetage (Cross) – said it may not be possible to determine the cause of death without a body, but blood and DNA tests would be imminent executed .
It is understood that the Scot and his wife had spent a week on the island while they were staying at the Lux Réunion hotel in Saint-Gilles (photo)
Saint-Gilles on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean (file image). A 44-year-old Scottish man who was eaten by a shark, stayed at the Lux Réunion hotel in Saint-Gilles
He added: “The victim was certainly swimming, but it is not clear whether he was attacked or whether he was already dead when he was eaten. One possibility is that he felt unwell in the lagoon and was taken into deeper water by the current. & # 39;
The spokesperson said there was no operation to find the Scot, because crews were unlikely to find a body, given the number of sharks in the water. He added: & # 39; If we find a body, it is usually within the first 48 hours after it has disappeared. & # 39;
It is understood that the Scot and his wife had spent a week on the island while they were staying at the Lux Réunion hotel in Saint-Gilles.
Mr. Turner's severed hand and forearm would have been identified by his wife on Wednesday. They were recovered after five sharks were killed four miles from picturesque Hermitage Beach.
A police insider in Reunion said the man was described by his family as a & # 39; strong swimmer & # 39 ;.
The insider added that the tourist's wife & # 39; did not see him leave the sea after he went swimming & # 39 ;.
The couple is thought to live in Edinburgh and moved to Scotland from north-west England about 15 years ago.
Mr. Turner is said to have worked for the Scottish government while his wife was employed by a local event company.
There are frequent shark attacks around Reunion, in the Indian Ocean, about 800 km from Madagascar (a map with the location of the island of Reunion)
A source on the island said: Here they regularly fish for sharks to regulate the population.
& # 39; This week they fished four – that's a lot for a week, so maybe they had suspicions – and they found human remains in one of the stomachs.
& # 39; Apparently they have found his hand and forearm and it is thanks to his wedding ring that they have identified him. & # 39;
The shark that had eaten the remains was more than 10 feet long.
Last night the British Foreign Ministry said: & We support the family of a British man who died in La Reunion. & # 39;
The waters of Reunion are among the most affected sharks in the world, with numerous beaches and bays closed to swimmers, surfers and snorkelers due to the threat.
Local authorities have been accused of trivializing the dangers of preventing damage to the tourism sector.
In May, a 28-year-old surfer had his leg ripped off by a shark at Reunion, with his body later found floating in the port of Saint-Leu.
It was the 24th shark attack – and the 11th fatal case – reported on Reunion since 2011.
During a visit to Reunion last month, French President Emmanuel Macron said that his government was doing everything possible to tackle the shark crisis.
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