Funeral Of Lancashire Shark Attack Victim In Same Church As Marriage

24 August 2011, 14:08

The funeral of a Lancashire bridegroom killed in a shark attack on his honeymoon will be held at the same church where he was married.

30 year old Ian Redmond was savaged just 10 days after his wedding to primary school teacher Gemma.

The funeral will be held at St Michael's Church in Dalton, near Skelmersdale, at 11am next Tuesday.

The Rev Tim Barton, who married the couple, will lead the funeral service, the Diocese of Liverpool said on behalf of the family.

Mr Redmond, an IT specialist, was snorkelling off Anse Lazio beach on the island of Praslin, in the Seychelles, when he was attacked last week.

The incident was witnessed by his new wife Gemma, who said his horrific death had left a 'gaping hole' in her heart.

Speaking last week, Mr Barton said:

'Myself and the whole community are deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic accident.'

The death of Mr Redmond happened less than three weeks after a French tourist, Nicolas Virolle, was killed in a shark attack in the same area of the Seychelles.

Experts from South Africa have been called to help identify the species behind the fatal attacks.

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