Beaches on the island of Praslin in the Seychelles have been closed after a shark attacked and killed a British honeymooner - the second shark fatality on the island this month.
At an emergency meeting last night, Seychelles' interior minister, Joel Morgan, ordered the closure of all surrounding beaches and banned swimming in waters around the scene of the attacks.
Alan St Ange, head of the Seychelles tourism board, told the Daily Telegraph: "We are closing the beaches pending the arrival of experts from South Africa."
Shark hunters are being flown from South African to track down what is thought to be a "rogue" shark. Earlier this month a 36-year-old French tourist was killed by a shark in the same area.
Local police said Ian Redmond, aged 30 from Lancashire, had no chance of surviving the attack which happened at Anse Lazio beach on Praslin, the second largest island in the Indian Ocean archipelago.
Police spokesman Jean Toussaint told the Express Mr Redmond had been "badly injured" on the hips and lost an arm in the attack, which occurred while he was swimming in the early evening.
"We haven't got the autopsy report yet but he definitely lost a lot of blood. He had no chance of surviving because of the nature of the injuries," he said, adding that "a big effort" was now under way to catch the shark.
"It was a freak incident because it had never been reported before around the islands. It took everybody by surprise," he added.
Mr Redmond was snorkelling 30ft off the beach when the 6ft shark, believed to a tiger shark, attacked. His new wife Gemma Houghton, 27, who was sunbathing on the beach, heard his screams and witnessed the fatal attack. The couple had been due to leave Praslin on Friday to spend the weekend on the main island, Mahe, before flying back to the UK.
Every year, around 19,000 British tourists visit the Seychelles, an extremely popular honeymoon destination. The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge spent their honeymoon on the North Island earlier this year.
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Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is situated on the main island of Mahe. This luxury resort is a romantic hideaway with Creole-style tree house villas perched on a jungle hillside overlooking the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, with all the glamour you'd expect from a Four Seasons getaway. Price: Villas at Four Seasons Seychelles start from £375.00 B&B per night. Opus One Luxury Travel offers bespoke luxury holidays to the Seychelles. Visit opusoneluxuryholidays.co.uk or call 01844 261475.
Chosen as a holiday hotspot by Prince William and Kate Middleton back in 2007, Desroches offers 14km of immaculate sandy beaches and pristine coral reef. The villa accommodation offers complete privacy with a private pool sheltered by palms and gardens. Activities include sea kayaking, tennis, cycling tours, sunset cruises, and a watersports centre and spa. Price: Seasons offers a seven night honeymoon at Desroches from, £3,795 per person including 40% off for brides (save £815 pp) including all inclusive accommodation in a Beach Suite, a 30 minute massage for two, and a private candle-lit dinner. Includes flights and private transfers. Visit seasons.co.uk or call 01244 202 000.
Located 32 kilometres north of Mahé and about 20 minutes by helicopter, the island is just over 2.5 kilometres long, covered in dense tropical forest leading down to stunning little cove beaches. Each of the 11 villas boasts 450 square metres of living space, two bedrooms, a private plunge pool and outdoor dining ‘sala’. Villa 11 is the jewel in the crown, with a cinema lounge room and a private beach just two of its amazing features. Price: Western & Oriental Travel offers a seven-night break in a private North island villa from £14,795 per person on a fully inclusive basis including return flights on Air Seychelles from London and private helicopter transfers to North Island. Visit wandotravel.com or call 0845 277 3310. Villa 11 starts from €3,340 per person per night. Visit north-island.com for more information.
The luxurious Raffles Praslin Seychelles resort features 86 villas including one and two-bedroom options with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. All villas boast private plunge pools, but the Royal Panoramic View Villa would be ideal for couples, as they sit above the resort with uninterrupted views of the ocean and lush greenery. There's a Champagne and wine bar, open deck balcony, outdoor sheltered pavilion with BBQ and an outdoor rain shower. Raffles Butlers offer round-the-clock service, while private chefs can rustle up sumptuous picnics on the beach at twilight, on board a yacht under the stars or atop a granite boulder. For pure romantics. Price: Luxury Tour Operator Carrier is offering 7 nights for the price of 5 at Raffles Praslin Seychelles from £2,770pp on a bed and breakfast basis based on two people sharing. Price includes complimentary room upgrade flights with Air Seychelles from London Heathrow and private transfers. Visit carrier.co.uk or call 0161 492 1358.
This gorgeous resort is set on Silhouette Island, a 40-minute boat ride or short helicopter ride from the main island of Mahe. The palm-fringed beach is just steps away from all the villas, and the island is known for its dramatic mountain peaks and rich cultural heritage. Price: Luxury Holidays Direct offers seven nights from £ 1808 per person at a Hilton Labriz Garden Villa, including breakfast, flights with Qatar Airways, airport taxes, and private road and shared boat transfers. Visit luxuryholidaysdirect.com or call 020 8774 7299.
Nestled in Intendance Bay with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, one of the world's most beautiful beaches, Banyan Tree Seychelles offers 60 intimate pool villas for the ultimate romantic break. Price: Hillside pool villas start from £965 per night. Visit banyantree.com.
Destinology is currently offering seven nights for the price of six at Banyan Tree Seychelles for £2,859 per person. Price includes return Air Seychelles flights from London Heathrow and seven nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. visit destinology.co.uk or call 0800 634 2866.
An ultra-exclusive private island and eco luxe retreat, Fregate Island has just 16 villas and seven dream beaches – one of which, Anse Victorin, is regularly voted one of the world’s most beautiful. Price: Villas start from 2,700 euros per room per night. Visit fregate.com
A beachfront Seychellois retreat geared towards total peace, MAIA stretches along 12 hectares of pristine beachfront on the secluded Anse Louis. Spend your days on your stylish oceanfront villa or lounging by the infinity-edged pool. All villas have uninterrupted 180-degree sea views, outdoor bubble bath and bath menu with candles and oils. The La Prairie spa offers a fantastic range of face and body treatments, and snorkel trips are available at the outer islands by boat and helicopter. Price: Seasons offers seven nights at MAIA from £5,850 per person including flights, B&B accommodation in an Ocean View villa and private transfers. Visit seasons.co.uk or call 01244 202 000.
The privately-owned plantation-style Residence on the Rocks is the ultimate honeymoon hideaway. Perched in a luxuriant forest overlooking the palm-fringed coral beach and turquoise lagoon of Intendance Bay, South of Mahé, it boasts a two-bedroom Main House, a one-bedroom Guest House, a infinity pool, and a gazebo for al fresco dining and spa treatments. You check-in at the 5* Banyan Tree Hotel next door and shuttle to your retreat by golf buggy. You get full access to the hotel restaurants, bars and spa as well as its services: room service, daily housekeeping, pool maintenance, guests' bathroom supplies, security patrols/CCTV system, golf buggy shuttle to the hotel and the beach (5 minutes) as well as a private butler and personal chef upon request. The villa is entirely independent of the hotel whilst benefiting from its 5* services. Price: From 2000 euros per couple per night, on a B&B basis, including butler service. Visit villasdemaitre.com.
The 87 luxurious sea-facing villas of Sainte Anne Resort & Spa lie only 10 minutes by boat from the main island, Mahé, and sit along the island’s beautiful beaches on a 200-hectare private island. From the 1 May 2011, it will be offering an option to upgrade to the new All-Inclusive Island Package, which covers not only all food, beverage, snacks and service but an array of land and water sports, including snorkelling, kayaking and yoga. Price: Beachcomber Tours offer 7 nights at Sainte Anne on a half board basis including flights and transfers from £2,665 per person. Visit beachcombertours.co.uk or call 01483 445685.
The perfect castaway paradise, Denis private island is the ultimate honeymoon hideaway. Price: Thomas Cook Signature offers seven nights from £3,339 per person
Staying at the four-star Denis Private Island in a Deluxe Cottage on full board, flying with Air Seychelles from London Heathrow. Visit thomascooksignature.com or call 0844 879 8014.