Leyland firm mourns shark attack colleague

Happy day: Ian Redmond and Gemma Houghton at their wedding at St Michael's Church, Dalton on August 6
Happy day: Ian Redmond and Gemma Houghton at their wedding at St Michael's Church, Dalton on August 6
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The workforce of a Leyland IT company is in mourning after it was revealed the honeymooner killed in a shark attack in the Seychelles was one of their colleagues.

Ian Redmond, 30, worked as a software developer at Cegedim RX at Marathon Place, Moss Side.

Gemma and Ian Redmond on their honeymoon in the Seychelles

Gemma and Ian Redmond on their honeymoon in the Seychelles

He was snorkelling 20 yards offshore when he was attacked by a shark and suffered horrific injuries.

He had married his sweetheart Gemma Houghton, 27, only 12 days earlier.

Staff at Marathon Place-based Cegedim RX were told last Wednesday by a member of Ian’s family that he had been killed in the attack lastTuesday.

Simon Driver, managing director of Cegedim RX, said: “He was a true gentlemen, he was a very, very pleasant man. He was quiet, he was a key member of the team and he is going to be sadly missed as a team member and friend alike.

“We have about 60-odd people working here, and to say the staff are devastated is an understatement. He was a lovely guy.

“His family were very upset as you can imagine, but it was typical of that family that they had called as a courtesy to inform us, which shows what kind of family they were – and he was the epitome of that.

“I know he was working on his house he had been doing up, and the sad thing is the staff actually have a collection for him for a gift and a card for when he came back.

“He is just in our thoughts, as are his family. I’m sure a lot of his colleagues will want to attend his funeral.

“He was a true gentlemen, he was a very pleasant man. He was quiet, he was a key member of the team and he is going to be sadly missed.”

Several stunned co-workers have also paid tribute to Mr Redmond on internet sites.One said: “Ian was a tremendous young man and I had the pleasure of working with him. Together with Gemma, they spent the last two years completely renovating a house to move into after their marriage. “He was always proud to show photos of the latest project, the kitchen, the bathroom. You couldn’t have met anyone nicer. All his colleagues are devastated, and our thoughts and prayers are with Gemma and Ian’s family at this most difficult time.”

Mr Redmond, from Deerstone Road, Pendle, had flown to the idyllic Indian Ocean island after marrying Gemma just days before.

Eyewitnesses have described how his wife had been sunbathing on the afternoon of the attack, when his desperate cries for help were heard echoing across the shore.

Within minutes, a holidaymaker in a dinghy had dragged him on to his boat and brought him ashore, where efforts were made to save him.

He was rushed to hospital by helicopter, but was pronounced dead. He had suffered injuries to his leg and arm.

Mr Redmond’s parents, Stephen and Corinne, and those of his wife, David and Coleta, from Dalton, immediately flew out to the resort.

Local police spokesman Jean Toussaint said Mr Redmond lost an arm in the attack, and was taken to hospital but could not be saved.

This is the second fatal shark attack in the Seychelles in less than a fortnight ago. The previous victim was a French diver.

* Send your tributes to charlotte.wareing@lep.co.uk