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Bride distraught at shark horror

The widow of a British man killed by a shark on their dream honeymoon in the Seychelles said his horrific death had left a "gaping hole" in her heart.

Ian Redmond (30) was savaged just 10 days after his wedding to primary school teacher Gemma.

Mrs Redmond said she and her IT specialist husband were "having so much fun" on the idyllic Indian Ocean archipelago before the honeymoon turned to disaster.

In a statement released through the Foreign Office she said: "Myself, our families and our friends are devastated and shocked by what has happened.

"The loss of Ian has left a gaping hole in our hearts that will never be filled.

"He was always calm and collected, strong and brave, witty and intelligent, handsome and caring, a remarkable individual who will be deeply and sorely missed. We are privileged and proud to have shared our lives with him."

One onlooker described Mrs Redmond saying she "still had hope" for her husband while he lay on the sand with terrible injuries after the attack which happened off Anse Lazio beach on Praslin, the second largest island in the archipelago.

Earlier this month a 36-year-old French tourist was killed by a shark in the same area.

Government officials have issued a ban on swimming in certain areas until the killer shark is captured.

Mrs Redmond, who is reported to have witnessed the attack, said: "My husband and my best friend was tragically killed yesterday.

"I loved him so much and he was a very special husband, a thoughtful son and a devoted brother.

"He worked tirelessly to give us both a wonderful married life and home and I want to thank him for nine years of joy.

"We were having so much fun and we were so excited about our future together."

It is thought that the parents of the couple, from Lancashire, have travelled to the Seychelles following the attack.

Jeanne Vargiolu (56), owner of a nearby restaurant, said a French doctor had treated Mr Redmond on the beach.

She said police told her he 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."

Police spokesman Jean Toussaint said the attack happened shortly before 5pm local time while Mr Redmond was swimming.

He said: "We haven't got the autopsy report yet but he definitely lost a lot of blood. He had no chance of surviving because of the nature of the injuries."

Mr Toussaint said that the first fatal shark attack two weeks ago was treated as a freak occurrence.

Until this month the last recorded fatal shark attack in the Seychelles was in 1963.

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