Hand and wedding ring of Scot missing in Indian Ocean found inside dead shark.

The dismembered hand of a missing Scottish tourist has been discovered in the stomach of a tiger shark caught off the coast of Reunion Island.

The 44-year-old man disappeared while snorkelling in Hermitage Lagoon on Saturday

He is believed to have been on a week-long holiday with his wife in Saint-Gilles and his remains were identified by his wedding ring, according to a local television channel.

The shark was among several caught in the Indian Ocean for research purposes on Monday and Tuesday. It was just over four miles from the lagoon where the victim, a strong swimmer, was last seen.

A post-mortem examination has yet to take place, and it is not known whether the tourist drowned and was subsequently eaten by the shark, or whether he was attacked by it.

A source told The Sun the man had been in the Hermitage Lagoon alone on Saturday, adding: "When he did not get back, his wife sounded the alarm, and a full search was launched, involving boats and a helicopter.


The missing tourist was swimming in Hermitage Lagoon Vadim Khomyakov/Alamy

"Divers searched around a coral reef in the area, and there were also patrols on land involving sniffer dogs. Sadly, the man could not be found."

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We are providing support to the family of a British man who died while snorkelling in La Reunion and are in contact with the local authorities."

Swimming and surfing has been banned in Reunion - a French overseas territory - since the summer of 2013. It is only permitted in the shallow waters of the island's lagoons.

The French President Emmanuel Macron said last month that he would like to see water sports reintroduced by 2022, but added that he wanted "to be sure" that it would be safe to do so.

There have been two confirmed fatal shark attacks in Reunion's waters in 2019. In January a fisherman died from his injuries after one tore off his leg, while a surfer was killed in May.

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