An award-winning movie and television director was mauled to death by a Great White shark while swimming off a beach in New Zealand.
Adam Strange, 46, was attacked and pulled under water in front of hundreds of tourists on the beach.
Three other sharks were drawn to the attack as officers shot 20 shots from a lifeboat and helicopter to try and rescue the man.
It took three lifeguards 30 minutes to retrieve the father-of-one’s lifeless body.
Strange’s family, who are completely distraught, described the father as a “glorious and great father, husband and friend”.
Pio Mose, who was fishing off rocks beside the beach, described how he saw a ‘huge’ shark attack the 50 yards from where he was standing.
Pio said, “All of a sudden we saw the shark fin and next minute, boom, attack him and then blood everywhere on the water”.
The man described Adam Strange appearing to struggle with the Great White shark before it swam away and came back with other sharks.
Mose called the police on his cell phone while a friend ran to get help. Mose 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”.
Strange stated on his website that one of his short films, “Aphrodite’s Farm”, has been in 10 international film festivals in seven countries and last year won the Crystal Bear award for Best Short Film at the Berlin Film Festival.
He leaves behind a wife, Meg, and a young child.
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