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Beaches closed after second Seychelles shark attack

Matthew Warren · 18 Aug 2011, 07:31

Published: 18 Aug 2011 11:26 GMT+02:00
Updated: 18 Aug 2011 07:31 GMT+02:00

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There were fears that a shark that killed a French man two weeks ago had struck again on Tuesday when a British teacher die after being attacked while swimming off the same Seychelles beach.


The attack happened in the waters off the Anse Lazio beach on the island of Praslin.

30-year-old Ian Redmond, who was on honeymoon with his new wife, Gemma, was swimming just 20 metres from the beach. His wife of eleven days was sunbathing when she heard his screams.

"We heard screaming and people started running down the beach towards the water," an American tourist told Britain's Daily Mail. "Someone had seen a fin sticking out of the water, and then we saw a dinghy pulling a man from the water."

"At this point a woman ran over and started screaming. She said "that's my husband. We were just married."

Mr Redmond was helped by a French doctor who was holidaying on the island but he is believed to have died moments after the attack.

The shocking incident comes just two weeks after a 36-year-old French tourist died in similar conditions while snorkelling off the same beach on at the start of August. 

Nicolas Virolle, a teacher from Rodez in the south west of the country, was killed by a shark on the last day of his holiday while swimming just 30 metres from the shore.

A temporary ban on swimming or entering the waters around parts of Praslin has been ordered and authorities are reported to have asked shark experts from South Africa to help them identify the creature.

Until now, shark attacks in the Seychelles have been very rare. The last recorded attack before this month's incidents was in 1963.



Matthew Warren (news.france@thelocal.com)

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Your comments about this article

2011-08-21 01:11:58 by Ruler4You
Based on the logic that 'a shark attack hasn't happened since 1963' and there fore this is an atrocity, we would conclude that no further shark attacks should ever occur here. Simply, hogwash. While these islands my infrequently pose a threat to humans on the beach the South Pacific is packed with species of shark that are notorious for feeding on humans, when the opportunity presents itself. This doesn't mean I would promote swimming where recent attacks have occurred. Sharks are nomads and opportunity feeders. If hunting is good in one location, they will remain until resources diminish. This also doesn't mean that no sharks existed (locally) during the interim period.
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