Bri­ton eaten by shark in French ‘safe’ la­goon

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lon­don — A Bri­tish tourist was be­lieved to have been eaten by a shark dur­ing a lux­ury trip to cel­e­brate his wife’s 40th birth­day while swim­ming in what was deemed a “safe” la­goon, it was re­ported on Fri­day.

The vic­tim, iden­ti­fied as civil ser­vant Richard Mar­tyn Turner, from Edinburgh, was snorkellin­g by him­self in wa­ters off the Re­u­nion Is­land, a French de­part­ment in the In­dian Ocean, where four sharks were later caught, The

Daily Mail re­ported cit­ing Scot­tish me­dia re­ports as say­ing.

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 tiger shark, which was at least 13-ft long.

His wife iden­ti­fied his re­mains through his wed­ding ring.

Mean­while, DNA tests were also be­ing car­ried out on the other re­mains found in­side the tiger shark to con­firm that they be­long to Turner. The other three sharks will also have their stom­ach con­tents ex­am­ined,

The Daily Mail said. Turner van­ished on Novem­ber 2 while snorkellin­g in Her­mitage La­goon, off the coast of the Re­u­nion. —

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