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Bahamas Jaws Beach boater likely found in shark

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Posted: Sep 15, 2010 12:33 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Bahamas, Jaws Beach, shark, movie, Judson Newton, New Providence Island, tiger shark, deep-sea fishing, "Jaws: The Revenge", Nassau, WBRZ

A boater who disappeared off Jaws Beach - on an island where one of the "Jaws" movies was filmed - is probably the person whose remains were found in the belly of a shark, police say.

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

It is unclear if Newton was alive when he was eaten.

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

Rescuers who responded to a call for help found three men aboard who said that 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 Sept. 4, a local investment banker caught the 12-foot 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 defense force cut the shark open, they found the right leg, two severed arms and a severed torso.

The beach 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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