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Ian Redmond’s Death By Shark Could Have Been Worse, Says Daily Mail

by | 18th, August 2011

IAN Redmond has been killed on his honeymoon in the Seychelles. His death is on the front pages of the Sun (the treasure hunt Find my Ian’s wedding ring “), the Mirror (Mrs Shark’s view SHARK’S WIDOW SPEAKS “), the Mail (the ‘it could happen to you’ Lovestruck on their perfect honeymoon then the killer shark attacked “) and the Telegraph (the conclusive Final picture of shark attacks couple “).

Sharks are always big news in August, most often when potted off the coat of Bridlington, Brighton or Bournemouth. But this time a Briton has been killed by one overseas in a place the tabloids remind us over and over where Prince Williams and Kate Middleton honeymooned.

In all papers, we hear from the bereaved brie Gemma Redmond, a 27-year-old primary school teacher from Lancashire.She has issued a statement:

“My husband and my best friend was tragically killed yesterday,’ she said. ‘I loved him so much and he was a very special husband, a thoughtful son and a devoted brother. He worked tirelessly to give us both a wonderful married life and home and I want to thank him for nine years of joy. We were having so much fun and we were so excited about our future together. Myself, our families and our friends are devastated and shocked by what has happened. The loss of Ian has left a gaping hole in our hearts that will never be filled. He was always calm and collected, strong and brave, witty and intelligent, handsome and caring, a remarkable individual who will be deeply and sorely missed. We are privileged and proud to have shared our lives with him.”

But who can be blamed for the horror? No-one saw the creature that killed Ian Redmond, but the Sun did mange to measure it:

Gemma spoke out as a flotilla of harpoon-wielding fishermen began scouring the bloodied Indian Ocean waters for the 8ft predator, backed by a Seychelles navy gunboat.

The Mail points the finger:

Last night questions were being asked about what action had been taken to protect tourists after it emerged French tourist, Nicolas Virolle, 36, had been killed by a shark swimming off the same beach only a fortnight earlier.

Alain Virolle, the victim’s father, tells us:

“It’s an absolute tragedy, and one which could have been avoided,’ he said. ‘It was criminal to leave the beach open in these circumstances.You can’t run a tourist resort full of hundreds of holidaymakers and expose them to these kind of dangers. It appears that the authorities in the Seychelles are more interested in making money than ensuring people’s safety. They are obsessed with money. It is a disgraceful situation.”

Indeed:

some officials said could have been as a result of being cut by a boat propeller. Shark attacks are rare in the idyllic Indian Ocean archipelago.

The horror is then put into perspective in the Mail’s section about tiger sharks and bull sharks called:

“Killer that inspired Jaws”

Well, no. Surely it is the horror

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