A BRITISH Swimmer's Hand Found Inside Killer Shark's Stomach

Réunion island

There are reported cases of previous shark attacks on many beaches on the west coast of the island.

The tiger shark was killed as it had been swimming near tourist beaches and was believed to be a threat - and the severed hand, complete with a wedding ring, was found inside the shark's stomach.

The man was reportedly holidaying with his wife and went for a swim in the Hermitage Lagoon off Saint-Gilles but never came back, prompting her to raise the alarm. His severed hand was found inside one of them, Reunion La 1ere reported, and his wife identified it by the wedding ring still on his finger.

The man was reported missing on Saturday afternoon by his wife who were spending a week on the island.

The spokesperson of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has sent their support to the family of the victim.

Scientists are now carrying out various autopsies on five fish caught around the waters of the French overseas territories to dismiss, or not, the possibility that the man could have drowned before he was eaten, meaning that his corpse attracted the fish.


"Divers searched around a coral reef in the area, and there were also patrols on land involving sniffer dogs".

The shark used to be among several caught in the Indian Ocean for compare capabilities on Monday and Tuesday.

The island has taken extreme measures to combat the rise in shark attacks, including a ban on surfing and swimming for most of the shoreline and the installation of shark fences to ward off the predators.

The island is classed as French department and last month during a visit President Emmanuel Macron said Paris would double financial assistance to two million euros to help prevent shark attacks.

Two days later, two tourists unrelated to each other were attacked within 24 hours. The second victim, a 12-year-old girl who was also in critical condition, got one of her legs amputated.

Despite four sharks being killed near near to where he went missing, the lagoon was described by locals as "safe" for swimmers.

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