Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tragic happenings-Shark Kills Honeymooner

A British honeymooner was killed by a shark in the Seychelles yesterday as his bride watched in horror from the beach.

Ian Redmond, 30, who had been snorkelling 20 yards off shore, suffered appalling injuries to his leg and arm in the second fatal attack in the area in two weeks.

The tragedy unfolded in Anse Lazio on the island of Praslin, regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches and a favourite honeymoon destination for thousands of Britons every year.

Mr Redmond and Gemma Houghton, 27, both from Lancashire, married ten days ago. She was sunbathing when his desperate cries for help echoed across the shore. Within moments a holidaymaker in a dinghy had dragged him on board and brought him ashore, where onlookers battled in vain to save him.

‘We heard screaming and people started running down the beach towards the water,’ one American tourist said.

‘Someone had seen a fin sticking out of the water, and then we saw a dinghy pulling a man from the water.

The wedding: The couple from Lancashire married just ten days ago, before Ian Redmond was tragically killed by the shark - which hasn't been found yet.

The witness continued: ‘The damage was too great. We kept his wife away from the body because it was too horrific for her to see.’

Jeanne Vargiolu, 56, owner of Le Chevalier restaurant on the beach, said she went to the beach after hearing ambulance sirens to find a French doctor treating Mr Redmond and ‘a lot of police officers’ surrounding him.
She said police told her he had lost one arm and had the flesh stripped off one leg and had holes in his chest and stomach from shark bites.

Savaged: It is not yet known what type of shark attacked the 30-year-old honeymooner, but it could possibly have been a great white.

Her family have lived on the beach for 36 years and she said the two shark attacks this month were the first she had seen.

‘It must be the same shark that attacked 16 days ago’, she said.

Chantal Andre, who works at the restaurant, also saw yesterday’s attack.

‘I went to the hospital with the man’s wife and it was just awful,’ she said. ‘She wasn’t crying at all, she just couldn’t believe he was dead. I suppose she was in total shock.’

Tragedy: Ian Redmond and Gemma Houghton on their wedding day on the 7th August, before they flew to the Seychelles for their honeymoon


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