woman has died in New Zealand’s first fatal shark attack in eight years, police said on Friday.
Emergency services responded late Thursday afternoon to reports of a woman “injured in the water,” at Waihi Beach, a popular tourist spot 153 kilometres drive southeast of Auckland, a police statement said.
“Indications are that she had been injured by a shark,” Police Inspector Dean Anderson said.
Kaelah Marlow, 19, was dragged from the water with leg wounds and attempts to resuscitate her on the beach failed.
Ms Marlow, from Hamilton on New Zealand's North Island, was understood to have gotten into trouble at the beach while swimming.
Witness Amanda Gould told that she was swimming in waist-deep water when she saw Ms Marlow get separated from her friends, pulled out to deeper waters by a strong rip.
Ms Gould said when she left the water, she saw Ms Marlow struggling; “No one saw her waving out, but I did hear a scream.”
Lifeguards came to Ms Marlow's aid, using a rescue boat to pull her from the water.
The last fatal shark attack in New Zealand was in February 2013 when a 46-year-old swimmer was mauled at Muriwai Beach, 41 kilometres west of Auckland.
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