Did the same shark which killed British honeymooner in Seychelles in front of his new wife also kill French tourist just two weeks ago?
Teacher, 30, suffered appalling injuries to his leg and arm in second fatal attack in two weeks
Widow, 27, says death of 'handsome and caring' husband has 'left a gaping hole in our hearts that will never be filled'
- Frenchman, 36, was just 60ft from the shore when he was bitten
- No signs on beach warning of earlier shark attack
- Family of bride fly out to Seychelles to console her
- Couple were due to move into cottage they had spent two years renovating after return from honeymoon
- Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration bans swimming on beaches around Praslin island
- Beach voted in the top ten in the world for 2011
Last updated at 3:27 PM on 17th August 2011
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.
His widow Gemma Redmond, 27, said the couple were 'having so much fun' on their dream holiday and paid tribute to her 'handsome and caring' husband.
Tragedy: Ian Redmond and Gemma Houghton on their wedding day on the 7th August, before they flew to the Seychelles for their honeymoon
Mrs Redmond 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.'
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, both from Lancashire, married eleven 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 yesterday - which hasn't been found yet.
Honeymoon destination: The British honeymooner was snorkelling 20 yards off shore at Anse Lazio beach (pictured), off the island of Praslin in the Seychelles
'I saw the swimmer, who was missing a huge chunk of flesh from his left leg, so much so that I could see the bone of his thigh. He was sickeningly pale, but still had his flippers on both feet.
'At this point a woman ran over and started screaming. She said: "That’s my husband! We were just married".
The Seychelles: Praslin Island is one of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean that make up the Seychelles
'Someone grabbed her and tried to keep her away. People all over the beach were just hugging whoever was close to them or trying to keep any children from witnessing what was going on.'
Mr Redmond, who is thought to have died moments after the attack, was taken away by ambulance 20 minutes after being brought to shore. It is believed a doctor holidaying on the island tried to administer first aid.
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.
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.
No signs had been placed on the beach warning of the earlier shark attack earlier this month.
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.'
The bride's parents, David and Coleta, are on their way to the Seychelles to comfort her.