Bride watches as groom killed by shark

2011-08-17 09:29

Cape Town - A British man died after being attacked by a shark while on his honeymoon in the Seychelles on Tuesday, UK media reported.

Ian Redmond, 30, from Lancashire was attacked as he swam off Anse Lazio beach on the island of Praslin. His wife was reportedly sunbathing at the time and heard his screams.

The Foreign Office confirmed the death and that it is providing assistance to his family, Sky News said.

This is the second fatal shark attack there in two weeks. A 36-year-old French tourist was killed on August 2.

A Seychelles government minister chaired an emergency meeting to discuss the freak attacks and later released a statement announcing a swimming ban, Sky reported.

It is believed Redmond, who married less than two weeks ago, was snorkelling some 20 yards from the shore.

Authorities have launched a hunt for the shark and reinforced a ban on the dumping of waste from yachts and other boats to prevents luring sharks.

  • Superdude - 2011-08-17 09:59

    Attacks related? I wonder what shark it was? I was considering Seychelles as a honeymoon destinatition, anyone know if these attacks are common? RIP Ian Redmond

      JohannV - 2011-08-17 10:02

      Wow! Last week a UK couple on honeymoon was killed in the Maldives in a bike accident. Imagine the odds...

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-08-17 10:08

      in the water, Yes.

      Jenny Gontier - 2011-08-17 10:13

      I am a South African living in Seychelles for the past 11 years. This is only the second attach since the early 1960s. It appears to be a lone shark, possibly injured or very old. The waters are generally considered extremely safe for snorkelling and diving. Condolences to the families.

      Superdude - 2011-08-17 10:29

      Thanks Jenni, Lone shark? lol was the Brit in debt? What shark was it?

      JMan - 2011-08-17 10:36

      I was there (but on Mahe Island) and we had no problems with Sharks. Nor were there any 'Warning signs' or similar or anything/one that told us to be aware of sharks. We swam freely on many beaches. I think now and then, any place where there's a beach there are some dangers, but this shouldn't stop you from going. Its an awesome place for a honeymoon (except when these things happen of course)! Just bring LOTS of cash!

      Joerg - 2011-08-17 10:40

      LOAN shark - before you get married you might consider going for a spelling course. The shark in question was a wobbegong shark which primarily goes for stupid honeymooners - so watch out!!

      happyskippy - 2011-08-17 10:43

      They said "freak" attack. The Seychelles does not normally have dangerous sharks.

      Superdude - 2011-08-17 11:12

      Thanks Joerg - but it was a joke - lighten up before you go on spelling patrol

      mike rockey - 2011-08-17 11:29

      Hey Joerg its called a pun. Did you misspell your name or did you intent to be called Joerg? Are you from Joberg (sic)?

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-17 11:38

      @ Mike - When a name from Germany/France is meant to have an umlaut (dots on top) on a vowel, but you can't get them on top, you add an E. So more likely his name is Jörg, or was at some stage, which becomes Joerg.

      mike rockey - 2011-08-17 14:33

      Thanks Mark. Pls send my apologies to George

      Blue - 2011-08-17 14:34

      From a shark attack to a spelling lesson....amazing!!

      Seperetla - 2011-08-17 14:44

      I think it's a Dewani Shark and probably has it's origins in India and is wanted in SA on similar charges. Last heard it was seeing ghosts in Britain!!!!!!!

      Yoni - 2011-08-17 23:00

      @Jenny Gontier: You lucky fish!

      Feds - 2011-08-18 07:50

      Isn't it obvious Joerg... Superdude just wanted a bit of tit in his honeymoon destination ;)

  • Joy Thorpe - 2011-08-17 10:05

    "Authorities have launched a hunt for the shark and reinforced a ban on the dumping of waste from yachts and other boats to prevents luring sharks." Stop hunting for the shark - by the time you find A SHARK it will probably not even be the one who killed the guy ! Enter the ocean at your OWN RISK, as it is not YOUR environment, but the shark's.

      GinSA1 - 2011-08-18 07:45

      ABSOLUTELY Joy! If they attacked us on land (imagine) then yes, we'd have the right to slaughter the lot, but the ocean belongs to them. Swim in a swimming pool!

  • Hubbles - 2011-08-17 10:19

    No Shrien here

  • Brainbow - 2011-08-17 10:19

    I lived in Praslin (Seychelles) for 6 months in 2000 and spent on average 4 hours a day snorkelling and most often at the beach where the shark attack was. I swam with turtles, manta rays and beautiful fish. I not once saw a shark or heard of any other sightings in the area. The attacks are certainly strange and are probably a symptom of the rampant fishing industry of the Seychelles. The government, unfortunately, has little respect for the environment. The shark is quite simply very hungry and probably came in for food.

      Ntfutfuko - 2011-08-17 13:48

      Yep, and it got some - mission accomplished!

      Yoni - 2011-08-17 23:01

      Good point. Much better chance to get killed or attacked by a South African parasite everyday.

  • JMan - 2011-08-17 10:33

    Heavy! I was just on the Seychelles with my gf....that must be the most awful thing! I cannot even imagine how she must feel. That is supposed to be the happiest times of their lives, spent in the most beautiful condolences. :(

  • Leanne - 2011-08-17 10:33

    Sharks live in the ocean = going swimming and not realising you're taking a risk is idiotic. Same story with the Polar Bear attack. If you go into the wild you will encounter WILD LIFE...DUH!

      Jason - 2011-08-23 14:09

      Ya, Leanne ... what a stupid IDIOT! Swimming in the ocean like that! He DESERVED to die! Nobody should swim in the ocean EVER and if they do, sharks should eat them! And nobody should EVER go to Greenland or Canada or Alaska or Norway or Russia, incase they get eaten by a Polar Bear.(Heavy sarcasm intended) This was a tragedy, not an inevitable outcome. MILLIONS of ppl swim in the oceans of the world EVERY single day without incident, this man went for an innocent swim in the very popular Seychelles on his honeymoon and his new wife had to watch him die. He did nothing wrong but suffered an incredibly unlucky tragedy. I would never wish this on anyone and my sincerest condolences go to his family.

  • Cheryl Muir - 2011-08-17 10:47

    Gee did this happen in the sea? whats this world coming to? you cant even trust sharks ne mor.hope th euk sues seychelles for this offence. kill all the sharks in the world and use them to feed africa. we are the world, we are the ones to make a brighter day so lets start giving...

      Troll123 - 2011-08-17 13:25

      "Gee did this happen in the sea?" No Cheryl, this happened in their hotel room. You moron!

      Mzungu - 2011-08-17 13:40

      Kill all the shark?! WTF woman. Clearly a very very unenlightened person. Did you know shark kill on average 5 people a year? Obesity alone kills about 30000, so lets rather kill all Americans and fat joburgers(and Ill bet you are both fat, and from Joburg) and feed THEM to the poor africans

      LiciousDee - 2011-08-17 14:21

      bwhahhahahahhahha No Cheryl, it happened in the hotel swimming pool! Duh!!!!

      LiciousDee - 2011-08-17 14:23

      @Mzungu *DeathByand Ill bet you are both fat, and from Joburg*

      woutieboutie - 2011-08-17 16:29


      ChumScrubber - 2011-08-17 17:27

      Kill all the sharks?? Won't be anything left in the sea to feed the world after that - you obviously don't understand ecology and how you can't risk removing the top of the food chain. We'll end up with an ocean of jellyfish.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-08-17 17:29

      But I guess you were just trying to be funny??

      maseratifitt - 2011-08-17 20:00

      Cheryl : You lost most guys, it seems.

      squeegeepilot - 2011-08-18 07:00

      Cheryl, gee do these idiots responding to you understand sarcasm? - apparently not.

  • Cheryl Muir - 2011-08-17 10:51

    polar bears are also man eaters, we should kill them and use the meat. they are not teddy bears and the great white is the worst... lions are also bad and should be hunted for not sticking to antelope. then the antelope will be happy too. so lets save the world and kill these primitive animals that fed off humanity....

      Isabel Jones - 2011-08-17 10:58

      Uh Cheryl ...erm, the guys in white coats are here ... medication time ....

      Joy Thorpe - 2011-08-17 12:16

      YOU are insane ! Remember : "We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth." Henry Beston

      BM123 - 2011-08-17 12:49

      I enjoy your humour Cheryl - unfortunately its over the head of many folk here. But don't let that stop you. PS: You forgot that birds mess on cars - we should hunt them all down and kill them too.

      Boxertronic - 2011-08-17 14:15

      @BM123 . You know when you wonder why people follow cults and believe mass murderers are the second coming of Christ ...... wonder no more moron

      toleranne - 2011-08-17 16:10

      re-run: No one seems to understand irony or leg-pulling around here (except BM123) ... Cheryl, just ignore the literal-minded fellow-citizens.

      Colin - 2011-08-17 16:30

      ROFL Indeed Cheryl! I have always had a problem with Lions being uppity and not sticking with the prey God intended. They should all be fireside rugs for their audacity.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-08-17 17:32

      Agree - Cheryl is joking, we're all too tense - chill man..........

      squeegeepilot - 2011-08-18 07:03

      Kris - yea right! - Cheryl MUIR is a black name - you stupid racist dog

      des.maartens - 2012-01-02 23:24

      Yes Cheryl and we can use polar bear coats for the coming of the new iceage and the men in white coats can take away some of the "people" for not understanding your wit.

  • Ederik - 2011-08-17 10:53

    Another British honeymoon case. How do you bribe a shark? Sorry, but this is kind of funny! Condolences to the widow.

      LiciousDee - 2011-08-17 14:24

      You're a twat

      frankm - 2011-08-18 00:31

      Sorry but a twat is useful

  • KaB - 2011-08-17 10:54

    a hunt for the shark - are they bloody mad, one human dies and we kill the shark! How many sharks do humans kill EVERY SINGLE DAY for greed purposes! I say eat the humans sharkies, there are too many of us on the planet anyway!

      O-Kay - 2011-08-17 11:18

      I don't completely agree with your view. If this attack is related to the one from August the 2nd, then they may have a rogue shark on their hands. It may have identified humans as a soft target and will now kill humans at any given time. If this is the case, it would be very dangerous leaving this particular shark alive. I do agree that in general humans are not natural shark food, so leave them alone in their environment and don't be stupid or take chances.

      Caramel85 - 2011-08-17 11:28

      Too many humans on the planet hey KaB? Alright then, lead the go be the first to feed yourself to a shark.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-17 11:43

      Yes, because animals are FAR more important than humans aren't they KaB... a man or woman gets blown away and it barely makes the Germiston City News - an unborn child gets murdered and nobody cares + actually encourages it - but let a poor little cat get harmed and people are calling for the death penalty. Eish, have some perspective please! And to add to Caramel85's point... yes, those who call for a massive population reduction are, surprisingly, never willing to set an example and do it themselves. Hmm, I wonder why that is... oh yeah - people who want a massive population reduction want it to happen to everybody else :-) Jacques Cousteau called for 350,000 people to be "eliminated" per day - he often went in the sea, why didn't he just drown himself to "save Mother Earth"?

      mfundiNdaba - 2011-08-17 14:37

      @Matt - spot on brother. I don't know how people think they have the right to say such terrible things and then they claim that is not evil.

  • struth - 2011-08-17 11:00

    Well said Joy. I watched a silly interview with the anchor man on Sky News who was talking telephonically to some official in the Seychelles and he asked the official when they were going to "catch" the shark??? He also asked about how this would impact on British Tourism!!! Usual selfish attitude of human beings. I am disgusted.

  • denman - 2011-08-17 11:37

    It's strange how human's go on about shark attacks. The fact remains, we were designed to walk on land, and sharks in water. It's as simple as that. We take the risk when we swim in the ocean, it's just unfortunate when these things happen.

      LiciousDee - 2011-08-17 14:27

      I'm totally behind you on that one guy

  • Joy Thorpe - 2011-08-17 12:18

    "We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth." Henry Beston

  • Debonaire - 2011-08-17 12:54

    All the more reason to come to South Africa where we have shark nets. These island types cant afford simple protection

      Troll123 - 2011-08-17 13:26

      Yes, but you will be killed by marmite smurf here not a shark

      ChumScrubber - 2011-08-17 17:37

      These island types don't need shark nets, they have barrier reefs keeping most large sharks out. Our shark nets are increbibly destructive to our sea ecology - speak to any "old timer" angler, and he will tell you how little our sea produces in terms of food compared to the past - before the nets. But they did save our tourism industry - Catch 22.

  • Ann - 2011-08-17 13:06

    RIP, condolences and prayers :(

  • BAH - 2011-08-17 13:49

    I know what to do: You get a rickety boat, psycho crew, a diving cylinder and a .303 and VIOLA! You just need one mate eaten, cylinder in the sharks mouth, one .303 accurate shot and KABOOM!! One shark history. Well, that is how it was done in Jaws anyway and it worked! On a serious note: Sincere condolences to the widow. Sad times. Terrible thing to see.

  • Biker Mouse - 2011-08-17 13:59

    Seems like the shark watches Masterchef? One week French, the next British...

  • Biker Mouse - 2011-08-17 14:06

    On second thoughts, is this shark contracted to Mr.Devani by chance?

  • Winsome - 2011-08-17 14:07

    You enter the sea at your own risk - this is the shark's territory - you would'nt go for a stroll in the Kruger Park with Lions and Cheetahs running wild - why then go for a swim in the sea where sharks and other wild creatures live? It is their natural habitat, for goodness sake!

      ChumScrubber - 2011-08-17 17:40

      We do go strolling in Kruger - there are trails on the go all winter? And there are risks and there are casualties - its a risk those of us who love the bush and the sea are prepared to take. Some of us find life more fulfilling throwing in a bit of risk - can't explain it, but its true for me anyway.

      squeegeepilot - 2011-08-18 07:17

      Actually they have a half marathon at Skukuza every year.

  • Derek - 2011-08-17 14:56

    A terrible incident and sympathy to the family. Somewhat unusual a shark attack in clear water and presumably coral reefs. As another post pointed out possibly due to over fishing and depletion of the sharks natural prey. Actually more people die annually in America falling off chairs (presumably changing light bulbs) than are killed annually WORLDWIDE by sharks. Go to to find out more about sharks and their vital role in our oceans.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-17 14:58

    Damn divorce lawyers

  • Jonathan Vass - 2011-08-17 15:22

    What a shame. I lived in Seychelles myself, spent many hours in the water. Due to the exceptional visibility and calm waters (which mean stress free diving and snorkelling) it actually makes for the best possible environment in which to view and appreciate sharks in their natural habitat. They can see you clearly, as can you see them, humans are not a natural prey item and "mistaken identity" attacks are thus greatly reduced. This is a great pity for the tourism industry in Seychelles as irrational fears prevail

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-08-17 16:07

    The best way to avoid a shark attach is not to get in the water

      ZA_R - 2011-08-17 21:06

      Mmmmm..Highly intelligent advise, point taken for future,

      squeegeepilot - 2011-08-18 07:18

      What about sand sharks?

  • Enigma - 2011-08-17 16:41

    If a fly swam in my soup, i would also kill it.

      ZA_R - 2011-08-17 21:08

      No dumb@ss, the fly will be titanic....I would throw my soup down the drain and help myself to more.

  • TWG - 2011-08-17 21:05

    Huge impact on tourism there...

  • Readytogo - 2011-08-17 21:51

    It's JAWS!

  • Saray - 2011-08-17 23:15

    It is very sad news. Holiday on honeymoon and having a tragic end it is really sad. Condolences to the bride and be strong

  • johnwilliam.roberts - 2011-08-18 02:26

    can ibuy julius and all his mates a ticket to the seychelles and buy all the yachts extra food to throw in the sea ? mind you if a shark ate the bastards they would die of food posioning .

      squeegeepilot - 2011-08-18 07:19

      Great trade off though...

  • bridget.coetzee - 2011-08-18 07:40

    How awful!!! Im so scared of sharks

  • des.maartens - 2012-01-02 23:17

    Hi Cheryl Muir, I am gobsmacked that Troll123 and Mzungu have not read between the lines of your comment. A very sad time for the wife now a widow.

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