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Published on Sunday, January 10, 2021

Woman killed in New Zealand shark attack

An Australian woman has been killed in New Zealand's first fatal shark attack for several years.

Kaelah Marlow, 19, was attacked by a great white shark off the shore at Waihi Beach on New Zealand's North Island.

She was pulled out of the water alive with serious leg injuries but died soon after.

It is the first death from a shark attack since 2013 in New Zealand.

There have only been 13 fatal shark attacks in New Zealand in the past 170 years.

"Emergency services were called at about 5.10 p.m. after reports of a woman being injured in the water. Sadly, she died at the scene a short time later," a police statement said.

 A day later, Pauanui Beach, which is about one hour away from the scene of the shark attack, was close for several hours after three sharks were sighted close to the shore by beachgoers.


Written by Ray Montgomery, Asia Editor

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