Ian Redmond, 30, was attacked and killed by a shark in the Seychelles early this week, according to media reports. He was on his honeymoon.
CBS/AP reports that Redmond was attacked off Anse Lazio beach, Paslin island in the Seychelles. The news source writes, "The British high commissioner was reportedly traveling to the island to comfort Redmond's new wife, Gemma Houghton, 27, who apparently witnessed the entire gruesome incident from where she lay sunbathing on the beach."
According to Sky News, Houghton was on the beach as Redmond snorkeled 20 yards from shore, when a six-foot shark attacked him.
The Daily Mail reports that beachgoers heard cries for help, and a vacationer in a small boat pulled Redmond in and took him to shore.
An American tourist told the news organization that someone saw a fin sticking out above the water. According to the tourist, a woman then ran over, screaming, "That’s my husband! We were just married."
Chantal Andre, a nearby restaurant employee who reportedly accompanied the wife to the hospital, told the Daily Mail that Houghton seemed to be "in total shock."
The Evening Standard reports that the couple married in an "idyllic" wedding and were on the second week of their honeymoon. They have known each other for eight years, and have spent the past two preparing to move into a cottage together. Redmond's father, Stephen, told the Standard, "It's devastating. The last time we saw them they were so happy."
Redmond's uncle, Ken, said, "We're looking at each other now and we don't know what to say. We've been stunned into silence. They had their whole lives in front of them."
A shark attacked another man in the same area earlier this month, and the area's director for tourism is questioning whether it is the same "rogue shark," according to the Daily Mail.
Michel Gardette, a Praslin development official told the news source, "I have been diving for the last 40 years and I have never encountered any problems. Sharks are actually very rare because they are hunted for their meat and fins."
Shark finning has caused controversy around the world, and many shark species are threatened by overfishing. According to the Associated Press, critics report 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins.