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Shark widow recalls 'awful scream'

The widow of a man killed by a shark on their dream honeymoon in the Seychelles has described the moment she heard his "awful scream".

Gemma Redmond said she first thought her husband, Ian, was sneezing as he was snorkelling but said she soon realised he was in terrible trouble.

In an interview with the BBC, Mrs Redmond, from Nelson, Lancashire, said: "I can see the top of his snorkel because he had a bright orange band around it so I could always follow where he was.

"And, all of a sudden, I heard this 'Help' and I thought at first he was sneezing. And then I heard it again - I heard 'Help' and the most awful scream. I can still hear it when I close my eyes."

Mrs Redmond said she was sitting with their bag on the beach and her 30-year-old husband had been in the water for 20 minutes when he was attacked.

She said Mr Redmond had earlier laughed off the dangers of sharks and described how they had gone to the Seychelles partly because they thought the islands were free from dangerous animals.

She described how she held her husband's hand when he was brought out of the sea in a boat. She said he was still conscious at that point. "He looked up at me and I looked up at him. I could see a mixture in his eyes of fear and realisation of relief that he'd seen me, that I was there," she said.

"I reached out my hand and I held his face. I got hold of his face and I got his hand and held it to my chest and I said to him 'You're going to be all right. We're going to look after you. We're going to sort you out'. I think I told him I loved him very much. I hope I did."

Mrs Redmond went on: "The last thing I would want is for any of these events to affect the Seychelle Island people, their livelihoods and the tourism in the area. It's a beautiful area, people must come. It's a one-off accident and I know that everybody is doing everything they can to ensure that the islands are safe - the restaurants on the beaches and the places on the beaches and the hotels shouldn't be affected by it."

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

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