Woman dies in suspected shark attack in New Zealand

Emergency services rushed to Waihi Beach just after 5pm on Thursday

Emergency services rushed to Waihi Beach just after 5pm on Thursday

A non-fatal shark attack last took place in 2018, according to the New Zealand police website.

"They aren't particularly large sharks and we believe they are probably bronzies", says a Surf Life Saving NZ spokesperson.

The family had lived in Perth before moving to Tom Price for Marlow's father's mining work.

Locals held a vigil at the beach on Thursday evening, local time, in memory of the victim.

She was pulled from the waters at Waihi Beach, located about a two-hour drive south-east of Auckland, with wounds on at least one leg, local media reported.

The Pauanui Beach has been closed this afternoon to swimmers and surfers following a shark sighting.

"With my children around me, I felt his loss".

According to the New Zealand Herald, a massive great white shark was spotted by people on a boat near Waihī Beach in 2019.

A post mortem is scheduled to be carried out today and this will provide us with a clearer understanding of what happened.

Police inspector Dean Anderson said: "Indications are that she had been injured by a shark".

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Many mourners have left flowers for the shark victim.

A rāhui has been placed for the stretch of coast between Waihi Beach and Bowentown Heads.

Allan Mundy, national search and rescue manager, Surf Lifesaving New Zealand, told NZME: "We know that these animals are ever present in our environment. What we ask people to do is always be vigilant, respect the animals, it's their home, not ours", he said. The circumstances of the attack, which are still very sketchy at this point in time.it will come down to the regional council.

More than 15 emergency service responders attended the attack and gathered for karakia with kaumātua from the marae afterwards, Kingi said.

Lifeguards from around the region have been brought in to help following the fatal shark attack. "About 1.30pm I was down here with my grandchildren having a nice little swim".

Ms Marlow, who lived in Hamilton, was with friends when she was attacked by the shark.

However, there has been evidence of juvenile and immature great whites in the area as of last summer. Scollay said, "It's very unusual, at this time of the year where thousands of people are swimming off that area in general, you shouldn't have to worry about sharks".

Kaelah Marlow died after she was attacked by a shark in New Zealand.

"Shark attacks are incredibly rare".

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