Film director Adam Strange was out for a swim at New Zealand’s Muriwai Beach when he was attacked and killed by a shark according to reports in CBS News on Feb. 27. Witnesses describe the shark as being 12 to 14 feet long and as possibly being a Great White.
Strange, 46, was swimming about 220 yards from shore at Muriwai Beach which is about 15 miles from Auckland. By the time emergency personnel reached him, he was dead.
Pio Mose, a fisherman who was close to the swimmer at the time of the attack, described seeing Strange lift his head. Noise shouted for him to swim to the rocks but as the swimmer’s arm came up, his body was jerked below the water’s surface.
“We saw him rolling around, there was blood everywhere on the water,” Mose said. He also stated there was another shark, possibly two that joined the frenzy for a bit.
Russell Clark, a paramedic with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service, who responded to the emergency said the shark was a Great White.
Inflatable boats were used in the recovery effort as police officers and life guards went after the man and the shark. The police fired several shots at the shark. It rolled over and disappeared from view. It is unclear if the shark was hit or not. Then paramedics retrieved Strong’s body.
Tim Jago, Chairman of Muriwai Lifeguards spoke to reporters. He indicated that Muriwai and several nearby beaches are now closed and will remain closed for several days. Lifeguards will display a strong presence at those beaches over the next few days to keep people out of the water and safe.
There had been reports of large numbers of Great White sharks in the area over the last week. There was little concern as there had been about 20 attacks in all of New Zealand over the last 175 years and only one of those was fatal.
Strange’s family were at the scene and were described as “very upset” and “distraught.”
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