British British tourist 'is eaten by shark off holiday island of Reunion'

A British tourist who went missing over the weekend was eaten by a shark, it is believed - after his severed hand was found inside the beast. 

The 44-year-old British national from Scotland had been swimming off the holiday French island of Reunion, east of Madagascar, when he disappeared.     

'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,' said an investigating source.

'When he did not get back, his wife sounded the alarm, and a full search was launched, involving boats and a helicopter.

'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.'