Man Killed in New Zealand Shark Attack

People grieve outside the Muriwai Surf Lifesaving Club after a swimmer died in a fatal shark attack at Muriwai Beach on 27 February 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand A shark has killed a man off a beach near the New Zealand city of Auckland.

The attack took place around 13:30 (00:30 GMT) on Wednesday at Muriwai Beach, to the west of the country’s largest city.

The 47-year-old man was swimming when he was attacked. Local media reports said police shot at the shark in a bid to rescue him.

Shark attacks are rare in New Zealand. Only 11 fatal attacks had taken place since records began in 1847, TVNZ said.

The last confirmed shark fatality was in 1976 in the Bay of Plenty, it said.

A brief police statement said that the man was found dead in the water after he was “bitten by a large shark”.

His body had been recovered and the beach was closed, police said.

A fisherman told Stuff news website he saw the man swimming nearby.

“All of a sudden… we saw the shark fin and next minute, boom, attack him, then blood everywhere on the water,” Pio Mose said.

Mr Mose said the man was still alive when “we saw another attack pull him in the water”.

Witnesses quoted by local media said police were able to fire multiple shots at the shark from a boat. There are conflicting reports on whether the shark was killed.

“We don’t know whether he hit it, but it rolled off and disappeared,” Inspector Shawn Rutene told Stuff.

More than one shark may have been involved in the attack, according to other local media reports.

It is still unclear what species of shark attacked the man, but officials say great whites had been recently seen in the area.

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