Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Swimmer killed in New Zealand beach shark attack

Swimmer killed in New Zealand beach shark attack

A swimmer has been killed by a 14 foot shark (believed to be a Great White) near a popular beach in New Zealand, with police shooting at it 20 times in a bid to rescue him.
Police were able to recover the body of Adam Strange, a 46-year-old film director, after shooting at the shark.

Around 200 people were on the beach at the time, many of them children.

Pio Mose, who was fishing at the Muriwai beach, told The New Zealand Herald he saw the swimmer struggle against the "huge" shark.

"We saw him rolling around, there was blood everywhere on the water"

Following the death, police closed the beach and several others nearby. Auckland Council said it expected the area to remain closed for the next few days.

Shark attacks kill about 25 people a year worldwide, according to the New Zealand Department of Conservation. However, fatal attacks in the country's beaches have been rare.


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