Honeymoon Briton killed by shark
16th August 2011, Southend Standard.
A British national has been killed in a suspected shark attack in the Seychelles.
The Foreign Office confirmed the death of a Briton on the islands where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently had their honeymoon.
The Daily Telegraph reported that the 30-year-old victim was on his honeymoon.
“We are providing consular assistance to the next of kin,” said a Foreign Office spokesman.
Local police confirmed the man was killed off Anse Lazio beach, in the Baie Sainte Anne district of Praslin island.
An employee at the four-star La Reserve hotel confirmed the man was staying there with his wife.
Chantal Andre, who works at Anse Lazio’s beach restaurant, saw the attack and told the Daily Mail the man’s wife did not cry and seemed to be in total shock when she accompanied her to hospital.
The newspaper said many of the beaches and snorkelling spots close to Praslin were closed. Director for tourism Alain St Ange told the newspaper: “We are taking this very seriously. If there is a rogue shark out there we will try to catch it.
“We have requested shark experts from South Africa to come over to Seychelles to help us identify the type of shark it could be, but this kind of thing has never ever happened in Seychelles before.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent their honeymoon on North Island, four years after they took a week-long break on the island of Desroches.