Body parts of missing sailor found inside shark

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.]

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3 responses to “Body parts of missing sailor found inside shark

  1. michellefrommadison

    Must have been a female shark.

  2. al

    Horrible story, having dived in the Bahamas the very last thing I would want to do is swim any distance in the open ocean. For an entirely different view of sharks see the video of a shark feed at

    • SunShadow

      How far out from the shore would you say would be considered (maybe I should say relatively) “safe” to swim. I live right on the beach on Hutchinson Island/ Treasure Coast area and see people swimming and going out pretty far. On low tide clear days I’ve walked only the length of a football field out into and was spooked by one.

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