UK News: Pictured: British civil servant, 44, 'who was eaten by a shark' off holiday isle Réunion while snorkelling in a 'safe' lagoon just 6ft deep during trip to celebrate his wife's 40th birthday - - PressFrom - United Kingdom
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UK News Pictured: British civil servant, 44, 'who was eaten by a shark' off holiday isle Réunion while snorkelling in a 'safe' lagoon just 6ft deep during trip to celebrate his wife's 40th birthday

12:15  08 november  2019
12:15  08 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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shark off holiday isle Réunion was snorkelling in ' safe ' lagoon just yards from the shore in waters less than 6 ft A Scottish tourist was believed to have been eaten by a shark off Réunion island. Man' s wife identified his remains through his wedding ring found in the animal. The 44 -year-old went

This is the Tiger shark whose stomach contained remains believed t be those of the missing Brit tourist named locally as Richard Martyn Turner. 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

Martyn Turner, pictured on his wedding day to wife Verity in 2014, vanished while swimming off Reunion island. His hand, still bearing his distinctive wedding ring, was later recovered from a shark killed nearby © Associated Newspapers Limited Martyn Turner, pictured on his wedding day to wife Verity in 2014, vanished while swimming off Reunion island. His hand, still bearing his distinctive wedding ring, was later recovered from a shark killed nearby

A British tourist killed by a shark was snorkelling in a designated 'safe' Indian Ocean lagoon when the sea predator ate him - and was identified because his severed arm, hand and wedding ring were all found in the beast's stomach, it was revealed today. 

Richard Martyn Turner, 44, from Edinburgh, was staying at the five-star Lux Réunion resort in Saint-Gilles on the paradise island of Reunion - 100 miles from Mauritius - to celebrate the 40th birthday of his wife Verity.

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He was reported missing by his wife Verity on Sunday and the grizzly remains of the hand were found inside the stomach of one after they were 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

The civil servant was reported missing by Mrs Turner and she identified his remains through his wedding ring reportedly found in the 9ft-plus shark's stomach still on a finger attached to his severed hand.

Mr Turner was swimming in a lagoon used by tourists deemed 'safe' because a coral reef separates it from the Indian Ocean.

But it has emerged today that four sharks were found swimming inside it on Sunday, including the one that ate him. 

A post-mortem will find out if he died because of shark bites, or whether he drowned or suffered a cardiac arrest and was already dead before being mauled.

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British tourist ' is eaten by shark off holiday island of Reunion ': Severed hand of Scot, 44 , who A British tourist who went missing over the weekend was eaten by a shark , it has emerged - after 'The tourist and his wife were spending a week on the island and he had gone out swimming in the

The hand of a Scottish tourist who was last seen snorkeling off the French island of Réunion was found The 44 -year-old man, who has not been identified, went missing Saturday while swimming off the His wife identified the ring, which was recovered during an autopsy of the shark , one of five

Reports identified this shark as the one from which Mr Turner's remains were recovered . It was one of four in the safe lagoon © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Reports identified this shark as the one from which Mr Turner's remains were recovered . It was one of four in the safe lagoon

Mr Turner, known as Martyn, vanished on Saturday while snorkelling in Hermitage Lagoon, off the coast of the Reunion – a French overseas territory where President Macron visited last month and promised £1.7million to protect the island from shark attacks. 

The Briton has yet to be officially named, but local sources said the couple were at the five star resort of Lux Réunion hotel in Saint-Gilles for Mrs Turner's 40th birthday. 

They were originally from northwest England but moved to Edinburgh 15 years ago. A profile made for Mr Turner's wedding affectionately described him as a 'very English eccentric'. 

The Foreign Office declined to comment on the victim's identity yesterday. DNA tests are being carried out on the remains found inside the tiger shark to confirm that they belong to Mr Turner, it is understood. 

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a group of people standing next to a person: Mr Turner is believed to have worked for the Scottish civil service while his wife was employed at a local events company © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Turner is believed to have worked for the Scottish civil service while his wife was employed at a local events company The other three sharks will also have their stomach contents examined.  

The Hermitage Lagoon was deemed safe for swimmers thanks to its calm, shallow waters of less than 6ft and its dense coral reef, which serves as a barrier that helps keep sharks out.

It is located off Hermitage Beach, close to the town of Saint-Paul – one of the most popular tourist attractions on Reunion, which is 500 miles east of Madagascar.

A legal source on Reunion said: 'The man undoubtedly thought he was safe. He went off to snorkel around the Hermitage coral reef, where the water is warm and very shallow. 

'It may be that waves pushed the man beyond the reef into open sea, or that the shark swam into the lagoon. What is now certain is that he is dead.' 

a couple cutting their wedding cake: Mr Turner was affectionately described as an 'a very English eccentric' on a profile published for his wedding with Verity, pictured © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Turner was affectionately described as an 'a very English eccentric' on a profile published for his wedding with Verity, pictured

It remained unclear last night whether Mr Turner was attacked by the tiger shark or whether he drowned and the fish was attracted to his floating body.

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Tiger sharks are the second most dangerous shark to humans after the Great White.

Classed as a near-threatened species, an adult tiger shark is 10-14ft long, can weigh up to 1,400lb and will live for 15 years or more.

a sign on the side of the water: Hermitage Lagoon off Hermitage Beach, close to the town of Saint-Paul, is one of the most popular tourist attractions on Reunion. It is deemed safe for swimmers thanks to its calm, shallow waters of under 6ft deep but outside the lagoon waters are known for shark attacks © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Hermitage Lagoon off Hermitage Beach, close to the town of Saint-Paul, is one of the most popular tourist attractions on Reunion. It is deemed safe for swimmers thanks to its calm, shallow waters of under 6ft deep but outside the lagoon waters are known for shark attacks A spokesman for the local search and rescue crew – the Centre Regional Operationnel de Surveillance et de Sauvetage (Cross) – said it might not be possible to determine cause of death without a body, but blood and DNA tests would be carried out on the hand. 

He added: 'The victim was certainly swimming but it is not clear whether he was attacked or he was already dead when he was eaten. One possibility is that he became unwell while in the lagoon and was taken by the currents into deeper water.' 

The spokesman said there was no operation to find the Briton as crews would be unlikely to recover a body given how many sharks are in the water. He added: 'If we find a body, it is usually within the first 48 hours of it going missing.'

It is understood the victim and his wife had been spending a week on the island, staying at the Lux Réunion hotel in Saint-Gilles. 

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a group of people in a pool of water: It is understood the Briton and his wife had been spending a week on the island, staying at the Lux Réunion hotel in Saint-Gilles (pictured) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited It is understood the Briton and his wife had been spending a week on the island, staying at the Lux Réunion hotel in Saint-Gilles (pictured)

Mr Turner's severed hand and forearm were said to have been identified by his wife on Wednesday. They were recovered after five sharks were killed four miles from the picturesque Hermitage Beach. 

A police insider on Reunion said the man had been described by his family as a 'strong swimmer'.

The insider added that the tourist's wife 'did not see him going out of the sea after he went off for his swim'.

The couple are thought to live in Edinburgh and moved to Scotland from the north west of England around 15 years ago.

a group of people on a beach: Saint-Gilles on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion (file image). A 44-year-old British man believed to have been eaten by a shark was staying at the Lux Réunion hotel in Saint-Gilles © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Saint-Gilles on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion (file image). A 44-year-old British man believed to have been eaten by a shark was staying at the Lux Réunion hotel in Saint-Gilles Mr Turner is believed to have worked for the Scottish civil service while his wife was employed at a local events company.

A source on the island said: 'Here, they regularly fish sharks to regulate the population.

'This week they fished four – that's a lot for a week, so maybe they had suspicions – and they found human remains in one of the stomachs.

'Apparently they found his hand and forearm and it's thanks to his wedding ring that they identified him.'

The shark that had eaten the remains was over 10ft long. 

a close up of a map: There are frequent shark attacks around Reunion, which is in the Indian Ocean, some 500 miles from Madagascar (a map showing the location of Reunion island) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited There are frequent shark attacks around Reunion, which is in the Indian Ocean, some 500 miles from Madagascar (a map showing the location of Reunion island)

Last night, the UK Foreign Office said: 'We are providing support to the family of a British man who died in La Reunion.'

Reunion's waters are among the most shark-infested in the world, with numerous beaches and coves closed to swimmers, surfers and snorkelers due to the threat.

Local authorities have been accused of downplaying the dangers in order to prevent harming the tourism industry.

In May, a 28-year-old surfer had his leg ripped off by a shark off Reunion, with his body later found floating in the port of Saint-Leu.

It was the 24th shark attack – and 11th fatal case – reported on Reunion since 2011.

On a visit last month to Reunion, French President Emmanuel Macron said his government was doing everything possible to deal with the shark crisis.

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