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.

"/> 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.

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Beaches closed after second Seychelles shark attack

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.

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French beach on alert after third shark sighting

Lifeguards in southern France are on alert after spotting a shark just metres from the shoreline of a popular beach - the third such sighting in recent days.

French beach on alert after third shark sighting
A file image of a shark fin. Photo: Rich MacDowell/Flickr
There's something lurking beneath the surface in the waters of southern France. 
 
Red flags were raised at the Plage du Bocal du Tech, near the town of Perpignan in southern France, on Saturday after a shark was spotted near the shoreline. 
 
The sighting marked the third in ten days at the beach, which isn't far from the Spanish border.
 
“At first I thought it was a swimmer doing the backstroke, then I saw the churn in the water, and fish jumping out of the sea,” one beach goer told the France Bleu Roussillon radio station. 
 
 

(The beach is not far from the town of Perpignan, near the Spanish border. Photo: GoogleMaps)
 
A lifeguard, who took to his jet ski to ward off the creature, noted that he saw “a big fin” and estimated the shark to have been up to two metres long. 
 
While it remains unknown exactly what type of shark was spotted, lifeguards are confident that it was indeed a shark, and dismissed claims that it could have been a sunfish. 
 
Bathers were advised to stay out of the water, and lined up on the shore to watch the spectacle. Indeed, beach goers probably don't have reason to panic – there has only been one fatal shark attack in the coastal waters of mainland France since the 1840s.
 
 
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