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In front of wife, shark kills man on honeymoon

PTI 18 Aug 2011, 8:36:50 IST
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Victoria, August 18:  A shark savaged a British tourist as his newlywed wife watched from the beach in the Seychelles, the second holidaymaker to die in such an attack this month, police said on Wednesday.

The tourist was hauled onto a boat and taken to shore following the attack but died from blood loss after the shark ripped off his arm and tore into his leg, police said.

"Ian Redmond, a 30-year old British man, was on honeymoon with his wife when he was attacked by a shark while diving at Anse Lazio," a police statement said.

"The shark tore off his arm and bit a part of his left leg," it added.

His wife was on the beach - a famous beauty spot hailed for its white sand on the archipelago's Praslin island - and watched helplessly as her husband was mauled by the shark.

"Two people who were on a boat not far from the attack tried to rescue him," the statement added.

The Seychelles Maritime Safety Authority issued a swimming ban at the Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette beaches, while surveillance patrols launched a hunt for the killer shark.

"Fishermen will be undertaking continuous patrols , research and fishing activities in order to capture the shark," the maritime authority said in a statement.

It said it would also reinforce a ban of "dumping of waste from yachts and other boats, which have been reported in some of these areas ," which some fear could have attracted sharks.