Lancashire

Shark victim's funeral to be held at wedding church

Gemma and Ian Redmond Image copyright Other
Image caption Gemma Houghton and Ian Redmond had married 10 days before he was attacked while snorkelling

The funeral of a Lancashire bridegroom killed in a shark attack on his honeymoon in the Seychelles is to be held at the church where he was wed.

Ian Redmond, 30, was fatally bitten 10 days after his wedding to primary school teacher Gemma at St Michael's Church in Dalton, near Skelmersdale.

The Reverend Tim Barton, who married the couple, will lead the funeral service, the Diocese of Liverpool said.

Mr Redmond, an IT specialist, had been snorkelling in waters off Praslin.

'Deeply shocked'

The attack at Anse Lazio beach was witnessed by his wife, who said his death had left a "gaping hole" in her heart.

Mr Redmond's funeral will take place at 11:00 BST on 30 August.

Mr Barton said: "Myself and the whole community are deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic accident."

The attack reported on 17 August happened less than three weeks after a French tourist, Nicolas Virolle, was killed by a shark in the same area.

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

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