Saturday, August 27, 2011

EFFORTS UNDERWAY, ALBEIT UNLIKELY TO IDENTIFY SHARK THAT KILLED BRITON IN SEYCHELLES

South African shark hunters have been flown into the Seychelles island of Praslin in an effort to identify a shark that killed Briton Ian Redmond, 30, back on August 16. Although two Tiger Sharks have been caught in recent days, it will be difficult to prove if one them killed Mr. Redmond, and a French diver shortly after the attack on Redmond.

Redmond, who worked as an IT consultant in Leyland, was honeymooning on the island with his wife, Gemma, 27, and was snorkeling 20 yards from shore in the Anse Lazio area of the island when he was attacked and killed by a shark. His wife was sunbathing on shore when he called for help.

COMMENT: Experts who inspected a tooth left in Mr Redmond’s leg have said it belonged to either a Tiger Shark or a Great White. The deaths of Redmond and the French diver are the first reported in the waters surrounding the Seychelles in over 50 years. In the aftermath of the attacks, the Seychelles’ interior minister ordered the closure of all surrounding beaches. Hence, the investigation as to whether a rogue shark was responsible.



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