Bride sees groom eaten by a shark on honeymoon
A BRITISH bridegroom was killed by a shark off an idyllic honeymoon island yesterday - as the horrified bride he wed 11 days ago looked on.
Ian Redmond, 30, was attacked in shallow water 100ft off a Seychelles beach. Bride Gemma Houghton, 27, from Wigan, was sunbathing and heard him shout "Help, help" as the Bull shark savaged him.
Ian suffered horrific injuries as the monster tore huge chunks of flesh from his body.
Fishermen carried him to the beach in a dinghy but he died before paramedics could arrive as his wife wept beside him and screamed "that's my husband".
It was the second attack by a Bull shark in two weeks on Praslin Island in the Seychelles - 20 miles from where Prince William and wife Kate honeymooned. A witness, also called Ian,said: "The swimmer 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. "A woman ran over and started screaming. She said, 'That's my husband! We were just married'."
An islander said: "The man was swimming close to the beach. He began splashing and shouting. His arm was ripped off and parts of his torso were missing. There was a horrific amount of blood in the water. It was like Jaws." Another witness said someone grabbed Gemma and kept her away from her mutilated husband. He added: "The damage was too great. It was too horrific for her to see."
Beach restaurant boss Jeanne Vargiolu, 56, said Ian had lost one arm and had the flesh stripped off one leg. He also had holes in his chest and stomach. She added: "All the meat on one leg was gone." Bill Houghton, the bride's uncle, said: "Gemma is just devastated. They had a perfect wedding. Ian was a fantastic bloke." The couple, who married on August 6, were at stunning Anse Lazio beach in the early evening - about 3pm UK time - when the shark attacked in shallow waters, 100ft from the shore.
The previous shark attack victim was a French diver. A Seychelles tourism source said: "The latest bite marks are consistent with that of a Bull shark. It is probably the same rogue maneater." The couple's families, David and Coleta Houghton and Stephen and Corinne Redmond, were flying to the resort last night.