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Thursday 19 July 2018

Honeymooner killed in shark attack

A honeymooner has been killed by a shark in the Seychelles.

The 30-year-old victim, named as Ian Redmond, was swimming when the attack happened yesterday off Anse Lazio beach on Praslin, the second largest island in the archipelago.

One onlooker said she saw the victim's wife, Gemma Houghton, saying she "still had hope" for her husband while he lay on the beach with horrific injuries.

Jeanne Vargiolu (56) owner of the nearby Le Chevalier restaurant, said she went to the beach after hearing ambulance sirens to find a French doctor treating the man and "a lot of police officers" surrounding him.

She said police told her the man had lost one arm, had a badly damaged leg and holes in his chest and stomach from shark bites.

"I saw his wife talking to about five people, I think one was English, that she still had hope he was still alive," she said.

She added: "They were trying to help him but they could not get him alive."

Mr Redmond, from Lancashire in England, was later confirmed dead on the islands where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently had their honeymoon.

The parents of Mr Redmond and those of his wife were travelling to the Seychelles following the attack.

An employee at the four-star La Reserve hotel confirmed the man was staying there.

According to reports, a 36-year-old French tourist also died on August 1 after he suffered injuries which appeared to have been caused by a shark.

Ms Vargiolu said no one swam in the sea after yesterday's attack as they were "in shock".

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