Edinburgh man named feared dead in shark attack

Cheryl Sanders
November 9, 2019

Turner had been missing since November 02.

Shark attacks - mostly by bulls and tigers - increased 23-fold on the island between 2005 and 2016, researchers have said, pointing to a boom in development and the volcanic origins as two contributing factors.

A autopsy examination has but to happen, and it is miles never identified whether the tourist drowned and used to be attributable to this truth eaten by the shark, or whether he used to be attacked by it.

A huge search operation ensued on both sea and land but the man couldn't be found - until the hand was found in the tiger shark.


The source continued: "The tourist and his wife were spending a week on the island and he had gone out swimming in the Hermitage Lagoon, off Saint-Gilles, alone on Saturday".

Last night the Foreign Office said: "We are providing support to the family of a British man who died while snorkelling in La Réunion and are in contact with the local authorities".

The shark was allegedly killed because it was considered a threat to holidaymakers and the horrifying find was made by forensic scientists near the island in the Indian Ocean.

Quelquejeu said many beaches on the island's west coast have warning signs due to frequent shark attacks.


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.

Last month, two British tourists were bitten by a shark at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

The 44-year-old, who hasn't been named, was identified thanks to the wedding ring still on the hand.

A spokesman for the local search and rescue unit added: "The victim was certainly swimming, but it is not clear whether he was attacked or if he was already dead when he was eaten".


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