A British tourist who went missing at the weekend was eaten by a shark, it is believed – after his severed hand was found in the beast.
The 44-year-old British citizen from Scotland swam off the holiday-French island of Reunion, east of Madagascar, when he disappeared.
& # 39; The tourist and his wife spent a week on the island and he went swimming on Saturday in the Hermitage Lagoon, before Saint-Gilles, & # 39; said a research source.
& # 39; When he did not return, his wife raised the alarm and started a full search with boats and a helicopter.
& # 39; Divers searched around a coral reef in the area and there were also patrols on the land with tracking dogs. Unfortunately the man could not be found. & # 39;
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
The 44-year-old British citizen from Scotland swam off the holiday-French island of Reunion, near Madagascar, when the attack took place. He swam from Plage de l & # 39; Hermitage (photo)
This week a shark was killed that swam at tourist beaches because it was considered a threat to vacationers.
Autopsies were performed on the shark and four other fish, and a severed hand wearing the British holiday maker's wedding ring was found.
A police source in Reunion said the man was described by his family as a & # 39; strong swimmer & # 39 ;.
His wife was & # 39; did not see him leave the sea after he went swimming, & # 39; the source added.
& # 39; It is feared that the hand belonged to a tourist who was reported missing by his wife on Saturday afternoon & # 39 ;, said the source.
There are frequent shark attacks around Reunion, in the Indian Ocean, about 800 km from Madagascar.
Tiger sharks have a record second only after Great White sharks for attacks on humans, but the man may have drowned and his corpse attracted the fish.
DNA testing is going to be done, but scientists from the CSR Shark Safety Center in Reunion have been told that the wedding ring thereupon matched that of the man's wife & # 39 ;, said the source.
The dead Tiger Shark was more than 10ft long and was one of the five considered a threat to those in the sea.
Swimming and other water activities are severely limited in Reunion due to the high risk of shark attacks.
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)
In May, a 28-year-old surfer had his leg dropped off by a shark and his dead body was later found floating in the port of Saint-Leu.
It marked the 24th shark attack and the 11th fatal that has been reported in Reunion since 2011.
This led the local government to insist on caution in the sea, referring to the risk of bull shark attacks amid changing temperatures.
Reunion is one of & # 39; s black spots for shark attacks in the world, leading to local authorities constantly launching campaigns to address the issues.
They are also often accused of trivializing the danger of not damaging the holiday industry.
During a visit to Reunion last month, French President Emmanuel Macron said that his government was doing everything possible to deal with the shark crisis.
& # 39; I know everything about the trauma and tragedy that took place & # 39 ;, said Mr. Macron.
He said he had to make sure that people could continue to swim or surf where there is a risk, and added: & # 39; It's getting better and the goal is to get the (closed) surf and swimming areas reopen here in 2022. & # 39;
Many beaches around Reunion are closed to swimmers and surfers, but bans are often ignored.
Reunion is administratively classified as an overseas department of France, the equivalent of a county.
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