British Fatal Shark Attack
August 17, 2011 by staff
Gemma Redmond said she and her husband Ian were “having fun” in their dream honeymoon in the Indian Ocean archipelago before becoming a disaster yesterday.
In an emotional tribute, said: “I myself, our families and friends are devastated and shocked by what has happened Ian loss has left a huge hole in our hearts that will never be filled.
“He was always calm and serene, strong and brave, witty, intelligent, handsome and loving, an extraordinary person who will be deeply and missed a lot. We feel privileged and proud to have shared our life with him.”
Mr. Redmond, 30, from Lancashire, was hit by the shark from the beach Anse Lazio on Praslin, the second largest island of the Seychelles.
One observer described his widow, saying he “still had hoped” for her husband while he lay in the sand with horrific injuries after the attack.
Earlier this month, a shark in the same area killed a French tourist 36 years old. Government officials have issued a ban on swimming in some areas until the murderer is caught fish.
Ms. Redmond said in a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “My husband and my best friend died tragically yesterday I loved so much and was a very special husband, a son and a devoted brother watch.
“He worked tirelessly to give us both a wonderful life and married his home and I want to thank you for the nine years of joy.” We were so funny and so excited about our future together. “Parents were informed of Mr. Redmond and his wife were heading to the Seychelles after the attack.
Vargiolu Jeanne, 56, who owns a nearby restaurant, said he went to the beach after hearing the sirens of ambulances to find a French doctor treating the man and “a lot of cops” surrounding it. She said police told him that the man had lost an arm, one leg was badly damaged and the holes in the chest and stomach of shark bites. “I saw his wife talking about five people – I think it was an Englishman – who still had hope that he was still alive,” he said. He added: “They were trying to help, but could not get through life.”
Police spokesman Jean Toussaint said the attack occurred shortly before 17:00 local time, while Mr. Redmond was swimming. He said: “We found that the British citizen was seriously injured on the hips and arms was medically assisted, but unfortunately could not do.
“We have no autopsy report yet, but definitely lost much blood.”
Mr. Redmond said he lost an arm in the attack and was taken to hospital but could not save.
“He had no chance to survive because of the nature of the injuries,” he said.
Mr. Toussaint confirmed that Mr Redmond and his wife were in the second week of his honeymoon and was scheduled to fly home on Sunday. He said that “great efforts” being made to catch the shark. “We’ve had this incident two weeks ago and the local community that an incident was unusual because it had never previously been reported in the islands. It took everyone by surprise,” he said.
Until this month, the last fatal shark attack reported in the Seychelles in 1963. Ms. Vargiolu said no one was swimming in the sea after yesterday’s tragedy, as they were “shocked.” His family has lived on the beach for 36 years and she said that the two sharks attacks this month were the first he had seen.
“It must be the same shark,” he said. Chantal André, who works at the restaurant on the beach of Anse Lazio, saw the attack told the Daily Mail and the man’s wife did not cry and appeared to be in shock when he accompanied her to the hospital.
The newspaper said many of the beaches and dive sites near Praslin were closed yesterday. Director Alain St Ange tourism told the newspaper: “We are taking this very seriously astray if a shark is going to try to catch it.
“We have asked the South African shark experts to come to Seychelles to help us identify the type of shark could be, but this sort of thing has never happened in the Seychelles before.” Seychelles Minister of Interior and the environment Joel Morgan held an emergency meeting in the capital, Victoria.
Praslin is the location of Valle de Mai UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the rare coco de mer tree grows. It is located 27.9 miles (45 km) north of Mahe, the largest island of the archipelago, and measures 6.2 miles (10 km) by 2.3 miles (3.7 kilometers), according to the official website tourism in the Seychelles.
The Seychelles is one of the most popular exotic destinations for British honeymooners, located in the Indian Ocean between the Tropic of Capricorn and Ecuador. It has a warm, white sand beaches and the opportunity for retirement, luxury and romance. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent his honeymoon in the North Island, four years after he took a one-week break on the island of Desroches.
Mr. Toussaint said that fatal shark attack in the French tourist two weeks ago was treated as a freak occurrence, despite the warnings were put out through the media. “The first incident two weeks ago, it was an incident of phenomena in the sense that no attack had been reported in or around coastal areas, and something about 50 years ago. It was an isolated incident.
“But then there was a second attack in two weeks and has changed the complexion of things. So there is a ban on bathing in the areas near where the attack occurred yesterday.”
Search teams are still trying to find the animal, he said, and discovers what species it is by examining a tooth recovered. Mr. Redmond’s father, Stephen, told the Evening Standard: “It’s devastating the last time I saw them they were very happy.” His uncle, Ken Houghton, told the newspaper: “Ian was a really nice guy and loved by all, He always did the right thing and made a couple of super, very much in love.
“I can honestly say that their wedding was the best wedding I’ve ever been. It was perfect.” The Rev. Tim Barton, who married the couple in the church of San Miguel in the town of Dalton, Lancs, only a few hundred yards from the house of the bride’s family, said: “I and the whole community is deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic accident. ”
Barton, who has known the family as the bride’s parents are active in the church, added: “Ian and Gemma are well known and beloved members of the community and our thoughts and prayers are with Gemma, his parents and the rest Ian’s family at this time.
“I know the church and the community work together to support Gemma and her parents in the difficult days ahead.” Stuart Haynes, Director of Media of the Anglican Diocese of Liverpool, said: “” The wedding was absolutely a great opportunity for the people and that will soon become a tragedy of such an unexpected way, people are still trying to take in.
“Reverend Barton has had a lot of phone calls from parishioners expressed surprise and concern.” The church and the wider community to do everything possible to support the family. “Mrs. Redmond means work as an elementary school teacher in Lancashire, while her husband was an IT specialist. The family of Mr. Redmond bothered too speaks to reporters at his home in Nelson, Lancs, and neighbors were also in tears.
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