Giant shark kills popular New Zealand film director
Man was training for long-distance swim
- Duration 5:51
- Date Feb 27, 2013
Man was training for long-distance swim
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And the water was running rid.
That's a quote from a witness who watched a man fight off all fight off -- monsters monsters shark only to have it come back -- -- Happened today in New Zealand news chopper spotted that shark after the attack.
Experts say it's up to fourteen feet long probably a great white -- can't be sure.
That witness says that it went after a swimmer.
But swim away after a struggle and then came back with a vengeance as the -- -- put it and landed its deadly attack.
Police immediately went after the shark.
Firing shot after shot and the water.
The victim's blood still clinched I should say the victim's body.
Still clenched in that shark's jaws while Trace Gallagher is our West Coast newsroom how how far off the shore was this victim at the time traced.
Not five -- 600 feet seven -- investigators believe there are actually a couple maybe three sharks the route the water feeding on birds and vision that this man actually swam.
Right into the middle of it when the police helicopter spotted the shark.
He was still attacking the men and a fisherman who was nearby.
Witness the entire thing listen to him.
Just shut out sharp and makes me lose holy month.
Really around the -- and I didn't really on the -- the -- -- I was like I'm sure.
But portal to sonar up front six mean their division and sort out -- three -- Or will he -- -- you around.
When the police arrived on scene in their boats they shot the shark about twelve times the sharks still had the man in its jobs before.
Finally letting go and rolling over the man has now been identified as 46 year old.
Adam strange -- very well known TV and film director in New Zealand in fact this film after daddy's farm won the best short film.
At the Berlin Film Festival.
-- -- -- I'm reading that there had been a shark sighting before this happened.
We expect another man said that a great white shark swam right by him that he went up -- he reported to authorities but because shark sightings are so rare New Zealand that.
Nobody believed in the last confirmed attack in that country.
Police say minutes before the attack there were hundreds of school kids who were swimming just a few feet away from where the attack happened now.
As you said it's not confirmed to be a great white shark.
But a local marine biologist says it fourteen feet he's got a pretty good guest list.
-- must like.
We don't want shock in this instance -- in reality the -- -- around New Zealand that if a really tight on priorities as big as the prison.
Would be a -- -- There were eighty shark attacks worldwide last year eleven to check that seven of them were fatal.
Ten years prior to that they had an average of about four fatal attacks per year -- Trace Gallagher in Los Angeles.
-- thanks with -- -- -- a man who knew the victim in this case Tim JO is on the phone with this he's outside Auckland New Zealand and live on the phone with -- -- And I understand you had a had a service for the victim today.
Yeah that -- -- where litre just five minutes ago we we walked off the beach we -- round.
We had to dole -- Germany too to list what we call lay a problem which is they have bandits and indigenous -- ban on -- Activities on the beach in the hole until -- being claims to.
So Addams Family the local community and back and strains all get them down they are bold and we've been and a half hour an hour and a half of prayer and that some bases just to run.
To -- that happened.
And Adam Adam was there just enjoying the day or what was he doing.
Adam was he was training.
Before a long distance swim I was a farm -- -- to charity.
There are many many people involved in -- He this just -- in the ocean the cease being a little straight talk and the need to -- -- swimming at.
And I am realizing for -- -- You know they were about about the mob of people within 200 mile radius all the -- are swimming -- and serious things he had some over to some of them and spoken to them in the last -- just carried on those training -- And that she's sort of quite correctly sort of reported to I'm probably just slam right into the middle of the -- -- the leash tax.
Hey Ed Ed I know -- mentioned he's in the water a lot in law and love the ocean.
-- he talked about sharks in the have concerns about -- -- feelings toward the.
I never talked about them but look you know we we all live on -- -- on this piece of coast.
We give a head shot problems he would give up.
So do we we just dismiss them as sort of united strings of movies and and and books that are all about.
The -- AM a sudden correction and -- thinking -- -- houses Stanley dean.
Look there are amazingly strong.
Adam's -- Flew up country late last march to join -- His wife and and and young young -- and my other -- label being with -- -- and -- -- a couple of Brothers and sisters and participating right by a united the fear of -- that -- -- true it was all for the -- and they've been at the forefront and putting on a really brave -- and some quite extraordinary circumstances and that.
You know that a lot of media interest them here all the TV station back came down on the -- shouldn't at least national media such -- you so from from working.
Showing a lot of interest to start really we just being sort of shielding them from that little bit but I can get on the.
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