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Shark Kills Film Director Adam Strange off New Zealand Coast

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 27, 2013 Last Updated: March 5, 2013
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Shark kills film director: Filmmaker Adam Strange was killed after a shark attacked and killed him offshore near a popular beach in New Zealand.

People grieve outside the Muriwai Surf Lifesaving Club after a swimmer died in a fatal shark attack at Muriwai Beach on Feb. 27, 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand.(Phil Walter/Getty Images)

People grieve outside the Muriwai Surf Lifesaving Club after a swimmer died in a fatal shark attack at Muriwai Beach on Feb. 27, 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand.(Phil Walter/Getty Images)

A shark killed film director Adam Strange near a New Zealand beach on Wednesday—even after police fired gun shots at the shark in an attempt to save him.

Strange, 46, was killed after being dragged underwater by a large shark in front several startled fishermen, reported the Stuff.co.nz website. The incident took place close to the popular Muriwai beach.

His family released a statement about his death, saying they are “grieving the loss of a glorious and great father, husband and friend,” according to the website. It added: ”We are in deep shock and are still trying to contact overseas family members, so discretion and privacy would be appreciated until the family are ready to make any further statements.”

Police were able to recover the body of Strange, reported the New Zealand Herald.

Pio Mose, a fisherman who saw the attack, told the newspaper he saw a “huge” shark kill Strange. “All of a sudden there was blood everywhere,” he was quoted as saying.

Strange then apparently struggled with the shark before it swam off, but it returned. After the ensuing attack, three to four other sharks came near him. “I yelled at him to swim to the rocks. There was blood everywhere. The water was red. It’s pretty scary,” Mose added.

Mose said he wanted to help him, but it was too dangerous.

“All I was thinking was I wanted to jump in the water and help but I didn’t want to get attacked by a shark too,” he said.

Police Inspector Shawn Rutene told The Associated Press that the man swimming around 650 feet offshore when the shark attacked him and estimated the shark to be 12 to 14 feet in length.

The news agency reported that police fired shots at the animal before it disappeared.

Police were not able to determine the species of the shark. But shark expert Clinton Duffy with the Department of Conservation told AP that New Zealand has a number of great white sharks and other dangerous species.

Duffy said that only 12 to 14 people have been killed by sharks in the country since the 1830s.

Strange has been nominated for awards at the Cannes and at the London International Advertising Awards, reported The Guardian. At the Berlin film festival, his short film, Aphrodite’s Farm, won a short film award.

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