VICTORIA, Seychelles, Aug. 19 (UPI) — The wife of a British man killed by a shark in the Seychelles said the newlywed couple had been told there were no sharks in the area where he was attacked.
Gemma Houghton Redmond had been filming her husband Ian snorkeling just before he was attacked off Anse Lazio beach on Praslin Island Tuesday, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday.
She said she still hears “the most awful scream” when she closes her eyes.
Her husband was conscious when he was brought ashore in a boat and looked at her with a “mixture of fear and relief,” Gemma Redmond said.
“I reached down my hand and I held his face,” she told the BBC. “I grabbed hold of his face and got his hand and held it to my chest and said to him: ‘You’re going to be all right. We’re going to look after you; we’re going to sort you out.'”
Redmond said her husband earlier dismissed suggestions about the presence of killer sharks, the Telegraph said. When she asked a hotel receptionist whether sharks were a danger, she was told no sharks were in the island waters.
“I’ve heard of stone fish and you have to be aware of currents when you’re snorkeling but we didn’t really think that sharks would be in the Seychelles at all,” she said. “It wasn’t something we were aware of.”
The couple married Aug. 6 in Dalton, England, near Wigan.
A relative told the Telegraph funeral arrangements were incomplete but the service was “likely to be at the church where they were married.”