Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 08/18/2011

Seychelles shark attack: Couple told waters were shark-free, wife says (Audio)


A swimmer in the Seychelles, where a shark attack claimed Ian Redmond’s life this week. (ANTHONY GROTE/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(See video below)

The bride who lost her new husband to a shark attack while they were on their honeymoon in Seychelles this week has spoken to the BBC about what it was like to watch her husband die.

Gemma Houghton said she will never forget the sound of her husband Ian Redmond’s screams as the shark attacked him while he was snorkeling and she was lying on the beach.

When Redmond was rushed to the hospital with horrific injuries, Houghton “still had hope” he could survive, she said.

One of the reasons the honeymooners had chosen Seychelles, Houghton said, was because of the nation’s beautiful, safe waters. They had been assured that there were no sharks in the resort area, she said.

The attack, however, happened on the same day the Seychelles' government held an emergency meeting to discuss a previous shark attack that had killed a French diver Aug. 2.

Before these two deaths, the last recorded fatal shark attack in the country was in 1963.

The Evening Standard reports that the couple married in an “idyllic” wedding after knowing one another for eight years. They had planned to move into a cottage together after their honeymoon.

Listen to Houghton’s interview with the BBC:

   

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