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Remains in shark 'missing boatman'

Published 15/09/2010 | 22:18

Human remains found in the belly of a shark are probably those of a man who disappeared from a boat, police in the Bahamas said
Human remains found in the belly of a shark are probably those of a man who disappeared from a boat, police in the Bahamas said

Human remains found in the belly of a shark are probably those of a man who disappeared from a boat off Jaws Beach - on an island where one of the Jaws movies was filmed, police in the Bahamas said.

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Authorities used fingerprints to identify Judson Newton, although they are still waiting for DNA test results, Assistant Police Commissioner Hulan Hanna said.

It is unclear if the 43-year-old was alive when he was eaten.

Mr Newton went on a boating trip with friends off Jaws Beach on New Providence Island on August 29 and encountered engine trouble

Rescuers who responded to a call for help found three men on board who said that Mr Newton and a friend jumped into the water to try to swim back to shore. Officials launched a search for them, but neither was found.

On September 4, a local investment banker caught the 12ft (3.6m) tiger shark while on a deep-sea fishing trip and he said a left leg popped out of its mouth as they hauled it in.

When officers with the island's defence force cut the shark open, they found the right leg, two severed arms and a severed torso.

One of Mr Newton's friends, Samuel Woodside, 37, said he was surprised when he heard police say Mr Newton probably drowned. "To me, he was always a strong swimmer," Mr Woodside said. "I don't know what happened."

Mr Newton was not married and did not have children, but he left behind his mother and a brother, Mr Woodside said.

The beach near where Mr Newton was last seen is located on the small island where the 1987 shark-terror sequel film Jaws: The Revenge was partially filmed. The capital, Nassau, is also on the island.

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