The widow of a man savaged by a shark while on honeymoon in the Seychelles is hoping her husband's wedding ring will turn up.

However, it may be some time before Gemma Redmond is able to encourage divers to explore the spot of her husband's death as a rogue shark, with an appetite for blood, cruises the area.

A flotilla of harpoon-wielding fishermen, backed by a Seychelles navy

gunboat, yesterday began scouring the bloodied

Indian Ocean waters for the 8ft predator which killed Gemma's husband Ian earlier this week.

Days before the honeymooner's death, French tourist Nicolas Virolle died in a carbon-copy incident a stone's throw from the scene.

Heartbroken Gemma last night paid a poignant tribute to her "handsome and caring" husband.

The teacher, whose desperately-injured hubby bled to death on Praslin Island's idyllic Anse Lazio beach, released a statement which said: "The loss of Ian has left a gaping hole in our hearts that will never be filled.

"He was always calm and collected, strong and brave, witty and intelligent, handsome and caring – a remarkable individual who will be deeply and sorely missed.

"Myself, our families and our friends are devastated and shocked by what's happened. But we are privileged and proud to have shared our lives with him.

"Ian and I were having so much fun and we were so excited about our future together."

Last night officials in the Seychelles closed beaches in the area.