The widow of a man killed by a shark on their dream honeymoon in the Seychelles has said that her husband had laughed off the dangers of sharks.
Gemma Redmond described how she and her husband Ian had gone to the Seychelles partly because they thought the islands were free from dangerous animals.
In an interview with the BBC, she said she had asked a receptionist if there were sharks and was told: "No, not in the Seychelles, the Seychelles are very safe waters."
She said: "We didn't really think that sharks would be in the Seychelles at all. Gemma Redmond has also described the moment she heard his "awful scream".
She said she first thought her husband was sneezing as he was snorkelling.
Ian Redmond, an IT specialist, was savaged just 10 days after his wedding to primary school teacher Gemma Houghton at St Michael's Church, in the village of Dalton, Lancashire, just a few hundred yards from the bride's family home.
It is thought that the parents of the couple, from Lancashire, have travelled to the Seychelles following the attack.
THE grief-stricken wife of a British honeymooner killed by a shark has told how she tenderly held her dying husband's face in her hands moments after the terrifying attack.
Tragic Ian, 30, bled to death after the monster tore off his left arm just a few yards from a paradise beach.
And Gemma revealed the couple had chosen that particular resort because they were told there were NO sharks anywhere near it.
In a deeply emotional interview, Gemma relived the moment Ian was brought to shore after he was mauled off Praslin Island in the Seychelles.
Video: Shark victim's wife interviewed
BRIDE Gemma Redmond describes her horrific ordeal in the Seychelles
Gemma told how she had been watching Ian snorkel in the clear waters. Distraught Gemma was eventually dragged away from Ian's mangled body. Shark hunter ... Albert Dienville awaits monster
Gemma also told how they were reassured that the Seychelles were shark-free. She said: "I overheard a man teasing his wife saying, 'Well there are sharks and things',
and I asked the lady on reception, 'Are there sharks?', and she said, 'No, not in the Seychelles. The Seychelles are very, very safe waters'.
Gemma spoke to the BBC after issuing a moving tribute to her "handsome and caring" husband yesterday.
So happy ... Ian and Gemma Redmond on their wedding day
Software development officer Ian was swimming yards offshore when the shark attacked on Tuesday, tearing out a chunk from his thigh and ripping off his left arm.
Last night, as a photo emerged which the couple had taken of themselves on holiday, Gemma was clinging to the hope that Ian's wedding ring could be recovered as a small token of their lost love.
Locals and aquatic experts believe Ian was killed by a rogue Bull shark which has acquired a taste for human blood.
Days before his death, French tourist Nicolas Virolle died in a carbon-copy incident a stone's throw from the scene.
Yesterday authorities had closed many of the beaches and snorkelling spots close to Praslin, one of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean that make up the Seychelles. Meanwhile, in scenes straight from film classic Jaws, a police chief anxiously paced the beach — while civic leaders appealed for calm and a grizzled local fisherman declared he would claim a £2,000 reward to kill the vicious shark.
I have been fishing these waters for 40 years and I know how to kill sharks. On the beach, deputy regional police commander Sgt Mike Menthy cast a worried eye across the bay, where the grey navy warship stood ready to fire at the shark.
Yesterday angry internet posters raged about the causes of the attack — with some suggesting tourists were not properly warned.One wrote: "A local man said that sharks are everywhere all around the islands. The Seychelles hosts the planet's largest tuna canning factory. Dumping of fish waste in the sea is feared to have lured predators.
Meanwhile a British holiday-maker has spoken of the moment Ian was mauled to death by a rogue shark while snorkelling in the sea in the Seychelles.
Peter McGahan, 43, from Cornwall, is staying on Praslin Island in the Seychelles with his wife Amanda and children, close to where Ian was killed.
Peter said: "We were on Anse Possession, the next beach over to Anse Lazio, when the attack took place.
"Our beach was separated from theirs by a wall of coral reef which a shark couldn't swim over.
The shark would have come right in. Ian Redmond was still conscious when he was brought ashore in a boat, and looked at his wife Gemma with a “mixture of fear and relief” when he saw her, she said.
Mrs Redmond, who was sunbathing on the beach when her husband was attacked in the Seychelles, had earlier heard “the most awful scream” as he cried out for help and said, “I can still hear it when I close my eyes”.
Mrs Redmond, 27, tearfully recounted how she had run across the beach to the boat in which her husband was brought ashore after the attack on Tuesday.
Mrs Redmond, a teacher, had been filming her husband snorkelling moments before the tragedy on Anse Lazio beach on the island of Praslin on Tuesday.
Mrs Redmond said her husband had earlier laughed off suggestions that killer sharks were at large, and when Mrs Redmond asked a hotel receptionist whether sharks posed a danger, she had been assured that there were no sharks in the island waters.
“Ian had laughed at me when we were on Denis Island, I overheard a man teasing his wife saying there’s sharks and things, and I asked the lady on reception and she said ‘No, not in the Seychelles, the Seychelles are very safe waters’.