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Wife relives shark attack honeymoon horror

Gemma Redmond, centre, flanked by her parents Coleta and David Houghton reads a statement outside Bolton Coroner's court, Howell Croft North, Bolton

Gemma Redmond, centre, flanked by her parents Coleta and David Houghton reads a statement outside Bolton Coroner's court, Howell Croft North, Bolton

The wife of a man killed in a shark attack on their honeymoon in the Seychelles told how she was reading a book on the beach when she heard his cries for help.

An inquest into the death of Ian Redmond, 30, an IT worker at Cegedim RX in Leyland, heard how, at around 4.15pm on August 16, 2011, Mr Redmond was snorkelling in the sea on the busy tourist beach of Anselazio off the island of Praslin.

At around 5pm Gemma, who was reading a book on the beach, heard a shout and realised he was in trouble.

Despite two boats rushing to his aid and the help of a surgeon, Mr Redmond died of his injuries and was pronounced dead on arrival at Victoria Hospital.

He became the second victim in two weeks following the death of a 36-year-old French tourist.

Speaking outside Bolton Crown on Friday, Gemma said: “It is my wish that Ian be remembered for his special qualities and the remarkable way in which he enriched the lives of his family and friends for 30 years. I know that he would want people to smile and feel uplifted and comforted when they hear his name.”

She added that at the time of his death there had been reports that the couple knew a French tourist had been killed in the same way on the same beach just weeks before.

But she said: “This inquest has provided me with an opportunity to correct false and upsetting reports that Ian and I were aware of the sad fate that befell another tourist at the same beach prior to our time in the Seychelles.

“It has been confirmed that no warnings of any kind were given. It is the ocean and wildlife can choose to come and go as it pleases.

“I can only hope that my husband’s death has made people more aware of the dangers involved in swimming in the waters surrounding whichever country they choose to visit.”

Acting High Commissioner for the Seychelles, Bernard Silver, speaking in court, said : “This was a rogue shark and since then we have implemented many things to ensure that this does not happen again.

“Since the incident we have no further attacks and such shark attacks are virtually unheard over the past 50 years.”

Mrs Redmond, who was praised by Coroner Alan Walsh during the inquest for her dignity also thanked those who helped her in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

She added that at the time of his death there had been reports that the couple knew a French tourist had been killed in the same way on the same beach just weeks before.

But she said: “This inquest has provided me with an opportunity to correct false and upsetting reports that Ian and I were aware of the sad fate that befell another tourist at the same beach prior to our time in the Seychelles.

“It has been confirmed that no warnings of any kind were given. It is the ocean and wildlife can choose to come and go as it pleases. I can only hope that my husband’s death has made people more aware of the dangers invovled in swimming in the waters surrounding whichever country they choose to visit.”

Mrs Redmond, who was praised by Coroner Alan Walsh during the inquest for her dignity also thanked those who helped her in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

 

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