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Seychelles shark attack: Memorial after Ian Redmond death

Gemma and Ian Redmond
Gemma and Ian Redmond had married 10 days before the fatal attack

A memorial service has been held on the beach in the Seychelles where British honeymooner Ian Redmond died after being attacked by a shark.

The 30-year-old from Lancashire was snorkelling off Anse Lazio beach on the island of Praslin when he was bitten.

He was the second tourist to be killed in the area this month - a Frenchman was also attacked by a shark.

Hotel owners gathered on the beach to attend a memorial service for both victims on Friday morning.

Shark hunt

Mr Redmond, an IT specialist from Nelson, was savaged just 10 days after his wedding to primary school teacher Gemma Houghton, 27, at St Michael's Church, in the village of Dalton, Lancashire, near the bride's family home.

She has spoken of the moment she heard her husband's screams as she sunbathed on the beach nearby.

Mrs Redmond said they had gone to the Seychelles partly because they had thought the islands were free from dangerous animals, and her husband had laughed off the possibility of an attack.

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

Authorities are still trying to determine what species of shark killed Mr Redmond and have enlisted the help of the navy and the coastguard in their efforts to catch it.

Extra teams from the Seychelles' fishing authorities have now flown to Praslin to assist.

The last recorded fatal shark attack in the Seychelles before these two was in 1963.

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