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New Zealand filmmaker, Adam Strange, was attacked and killed by a great white shark while swimming off the coast of New Zealand near Auckland.
Perez Hilton reports that the attack happened near Muriwai Beach, a tourist hot spot. Since the accident, the beaches have been closed.
Police and coastguards rushed to the scene after receiving a call from a witness at 1:24 p.m. They were even backed up by an Eagle helicopter, as they attempted to shoot the shark. Ultimately, they were unsuccessful.
A fisherman was only 50 yards away during the attack. The eyewitness reportedly said, “He was still alive. He put his head up. We called him to swim over the rock to where we were. He raised his hand up and then while he was rising his hand up we saw another attack and pull him in the water. He came back up. His head was on the water... then we notice he was already dead.”
The gruesome scene might have attracted more sharks to the frenzy, but only one large shark was seen in the area after the incident.
The Guardian reports that the lifeguards involved were traumatized by the incident and would have described Strange as a strong swimmer.
Family members of the award-winning filmmaker characterized Strange as a “glorious and great father, husband and friend.”
This incident is the first fatal shark attack in New Zealand since 1976 and is estimated to be only the 14th ever recorded.