Scots tourist's hand and wedding ring found inside shark

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2019-11-07

It was found just over four miles (7km) from the lagoon where the man was last seen. The shark was examined on Wednesday morning.


A Scottish tourist is suspected to have died in a shark attack after his dismembered hand and wedding ring were found inside the animal.

The 44-year-old man was last seen snorkelling off the French island of Reunion, near Madagascar, over the weekend.
It is believed he was on a week-long holiday with his wife in Saint-Gilles.

His hand, identified by his wedding ring, was found inside a tiger shark which was caught for research purposes.
Local resident Erick Quelquejeu told BBC Scotland the man had left his wife for just "a few minutes" to go for a swim.

Mr Quelquejeu said: "It's an area enclosed by a reef, there's a very slight passage where it goes deeper into the ocean but actually it's really well protected by the reef."

He added: "His wife was really scared by what happened. Many helicopters, many planes, swimmers and boats went to try and find the guy in the ocean but couldn't find him for a few days.
"Apparently they found a shark a few days ago with his hand so we 
are really not sure how it happened."

Mr Quelquejeu said that many beaches on the west coast of the island were well signposted, warning people against swimming because of previous shark attacks. There were also warnings at the airports.

"There are a lot of shark attacks on Reunion island but we are quite aware about that now," he added.

"It's something we don't hide from anybody. All the places around the island where you can't swim - where there's not a natural reef - there are signs in front of the beach to warn people.

"Even at that you have a few boats that go around the west area of the island - because that's where all the beaches are - to protect them, to watch if anyone makes that mistake anyway."

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The shark was among several caught on Monday and Tuesday in the Indian Ocean by the Centre de Securite Requin (CSR).

It was found just over four miles (7km) from the lagoon where the man was last seen. The shark was examined on Wednesday morning.

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