By Calvin Palmer
The body of a man who went missing after trying to swim ashore when the boat he was in developed engine trouble has been found inside a shark.
Police in the Bahamas used fingerprints to identify Judson Newton, although they are still waiting for DNA test results.
It is unclear if the 43-year-old Newton was alive when he was eaten.
Newton went on a boating trip with friends off Jaws Beach on New Providence Island on August 29. The boat developed engine trouble.
When rescuers answered a call for help, they found three men aboard who said Newton and a friend tried to swim back to shore. A search was launched but neither was found.
On September 4, an investment banker on a deep-sea fishing trip caught a 12-foot tiger shark. As he hauled the shark in a left leg popped out of its mouth.
When authorities cut the shark open, the right leg, two severed arms and a torso were found.
One of Newton’s friends, Samuel Woodside, 37, said he was surprised when he heard police say Newton probably drowned.
“To me, he was always a strong swimmer,” Woodside said. “I don’t know what happened.”
Newton was unmarried but leaves behind a mother and brother.
The beach near where Newton was last seen is located on the small island where the 1987 shark-terror sequel film Jaws: The Revenge was partially filmed.
[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]