Seychelles Shark Attack: Ian Redmond, British Honeymooner, Eaten by Shark

Posted Aug 16th 2011 06:45 PMUpdated Aug 17th 2011 12:29 PM


A British honeymooner was eaten by shark on Tuesday while swimming close to the shore in the Seychelles.

30-year-old Ian Redmond was swimming off Anse Lazio beach on the island of Paslin when he was attacked by a 6-foot shark, the Telegraph reports. He and his new wife, 27-year-old Gemma Houghton, had arrived on August 14th for their 2-week honeymoon.

Tourists on the beach watched as he yelled "help!" and was mauled by the shark. A tourist told the Sun, "There was a horrific amount of blood in the water and it was exactly like a scene from Jaws."

Redmond was brought to shore following the attack. He was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead from massive blood loss.

An employee of La Reserve hotel confirmed that the couple were staying there, Sky News reports.

"Shark hunters" were flown in from South Africa to track a "rogue" shark that was thought to be in the waters. Seychelles' interior minister, Joel Morgan, ordered all beaches in the area closed and banned swimming in the area. Officials banned tourists from snorkeling or swimming until the shark is caught, the Sun reports.

Redmond's parents are reportedly en route to the island and the British High Commissioner has already flown in to comfort Redmond's widow.

The island's tourism head, Alain St Ange, sent his condolences to the family and told the Telegraph: "It was a freak accident. We are closing the beaches pending the arrival of experts from South Africa." Yet, earlier this month, a 36-year-old French man was killed by a shark on the same beach.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka Will & Kate) honeymooned some 20 miles from the horrific scene back in May.

British Man Killed in Shark Attack

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Now is not the time to perform some kind of half-rsed autopsy on a fish...and I don't want to have that shark cut open and watch that little Redmond boy spill out all over the dock. Seychelles is a summer town...we need summer dollars. It's all psychological. You yell barracuda, everybody says, "Huh? What?" You yell shark, and we've got a panic on our hands on the 4th of July...I'm pleased and happy to repeat the news that we have, in fact, caught and killed a large predator that supposedly injured some bathers. But, as you see, it's a beautiful day, the beaches are open and people are having a wonderful time.

October 02 2011 at 11:03 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to Anakin's comment

I still wonder what clamped down on my toe off Ft.Lauderdale Beach in Florida in 1956.I was with two vacationig PA girls I had just picked up ..We were treading water in water about only 10 ft deep when suddenly I FELT A SLIGHT GRIP ON A BIG TOE on my right foot.I kept treading but it felt like a pliers beginning to close .I jerked my right foot suddenly and broke its grip,but before I could say anything I noticed the girls frantically swimming IN PANIC toward shore.I swam after them to shore. I asked em why they began to swim .They said the sudden look on my face made em start swimming.I wonder if that was a shark but most people say no. I would not have a toe if it was.Most say it was a clam, lobster or crayfish.I think maybe a prankster diver with pliers ?The jaws of the whatever felt more like the width of pliers ruling out all of the above (not like narrower knife edges ) I figured clams hug the bottom and we were about 4 ft. above that treading water.Can clams jet propel 4 ft.above the under sea bottom?

September 29 2011 at 5:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ALIVAN's comment

No sharks in south fl, ever, central fl yes.

May 28 2012 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to poll100's comment

Sharks in Florida are all in Tallehassee; they disguise themselves as politicions...

August 04 2012 at 11:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

How many sharks were killed by humans that day? The next day? Today? Estimates vary, depending on the study and which experts reinforce your political bias, but conservative estimate place the number at far more than 10 million per year, or an average of more than 27,000 sharks killed by humans each day. Many of those sharks are killed just for their fins.

More than 27,000 sharks killed by humans each day, versus about one human killed each month by a shark. This story is akin to those trumpeting the latest lottery winner, or writing about someone hit by lightning, rather than the many millions of lottery losers or people who were not hit by lighting. The difference is in the ridiculous reaction to placate potential tourists in order to pursue their money.

How about a little pursuit of reasonableness and truth? Where are the daily stories about people who lost money in the lottery, were not hit by lightning, or swam in the ocean and were not attacked by sharks?

August 24 2011 at 2:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Webdude's comment

Yes, we humans kill fish and mammals and eat them. Each day we kill thousands of cows; have you even know a cow to attack a human? Each year millions of deer are killed by hunters. Have you even known a deer to attack a human? Think about that next time you bite into a BigMac.

January 26 2012 at 8:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to jmf345's comment

Yes Cows attack and kill , been a couple deaths here , Probably more common than shark attacks . They are probably listed as farm accidents . Deer attack too,

February 14 2012 at 7:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

Thoughts and Prayers to this woman and the family.

August 20 2011 at 12:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The shark is not a "rogue" shark. The shark is doing what nature created him for and it is to clean the ocean.
It is unfortunate that when we are in the animals terytory that we fall a victim to these creatures sometimes. I am glad that these animals do not have a "revenge army" as humans do and do not attack humans in revenge for what the human species has been doing to all these wild animals for centuries. If they did half of the human population would be wiped out by now.
Have a nice day.

August 19 2011 at 12:51 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

This is sad. But let it serve as a warning to the rest of us: the sea is not Disneyland. It is not a park provided for our entertainment. It is the sea. Lots of creatures live in the sea. There is absolutely no way to know what you will find, and what it might do to you. There is no way to pass some kind of law to make it safe.

It is the sea. She can be a mean mother.

August 17 2011 at 12:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

oh my gosh

August 17 2011 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This article is a travesty! It's publisher and author should be fired! How, in this day and age of science, can they get away with publishing garbage like this? There is no such thing as a "rogue" shark. "Eaten" does not constitute being brought in after the supposed attack. "Attack" is actually a curiosity bite, because sharks don't have hands to investigate with. We, as humans, hide behind and deny our fragility. As a result, we resort to barbaric knee jerk reactions of "hunting" the offender. This fear induced journalism makes me sick! We are in the sharks house, their environment and underwater world. It's a risk we take every time we enter the water. We celebrate winning the lottery (a better chance than shark attack) and condemn the shark for making a mistake? Congratulations AOL media... Way to proliferate hate and destruction of our planet's inhabitants! One endangered environment/species at a time!

August 17 2011 at 10:01 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to DNafty's comment
Dennis P Kelly

its aol faulty your name should be daffy

August 17 2011 at 8:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Sudden and unexpected divorces really bite. (not one of my best)

August 17 2011 at 4:17 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Hodad McRasta

With all due respect to the victim's family, I have to say that it is quite impossible for someone who has been "eaten by a shark," as the headline conveys, to then be "brought to shore following the attack." The news business is starting to resemble the last months of Nazi Germany's fight against the Allies, when old people and children were sent to the front. Likewise, it seems that interns or first-year journalism students have been sent to simultaneously write copy and administer last rites to the profession.

August 17 2011 at 2:20 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Hodad McRasta's comment

You are so right!! Blame the schools, colleges, and universities for giving these people good grades and degrees. No child left behind?? Most of those who write the news today are children who should have been left behind.

January 26 2012 at 8:59 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply