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Remember him and smile -- wife of shark victim

A widow whose husband was killed by a shark during their honeymoon in the Seychelles said she wanted people to "smile and feel uplifted and comforted when they hear his name".

Gemma Redmond (27) married her sweetheart Ian Redmond (30) just 10 days before his horrific death last August.

The primary school teacher read a statement after an inquest ruled that her IT expert husband's death was accidental.

Fighting back tears, she said: "I do not want Ian's legacy to be dominated by an awful accident which makes people sad and distressed.


"It is my wish that Ian be remembered for his special qualities and the remarkable way in which he enriched the lives of his family and friends for 30 years.

"I know that he would want people to smile and feel uplifted and comforted when they hear his name."

The inquest heard the couple, from Wigan, Greater Manchester, were starting their new life together when the shark attacked Mr Redmond as he was snorkelling in waters off Anse Lazio beach on Praslin, the second-largest island in the Seychelles archipelago.

He was quickly brought to shore and a French surgeon who was also on holiday gave first aid on the beach as his new wife looked on.

But Mr Redmond, who was a keen sportsman with previous snorkelling experience, died due to massive blood loss. Bolton deputy coroner Alan Walsh today described the attack as a "tragic and horrendous experience".

He said: "During his honeymoon, Ian went for a swim in the sea at Anse Lazio beach and intended to snorkel. It was an activity he had done on many occasions in the past.

"He would not have known that it would present any danger, there was no warning or signs on that beach and the beach was full of people swimming in the sea."

"Ian lost his life in the most tragic circumstances and at a time when he was at his happiest," he added.