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New Zealand Shark Attack: Wife Told By Text
The wife of a man killed by a great white shark at a New Zealand beach was told about the deadly attack by text message as she sat having coffee nearby, it has emerged.
Meg Strange was chatting with a friend at a cafe near Muriwai Beach in west Auckland when the pair heard there had been an attack, The New Zealand Herald has reported.
Mrs Strange tried to contact her husband Adam, who she believed was on the beach, after finishing an ocean swim.
When she got no answer, her friend sent a text message to Muriwai Lifeguard Service chairman Tim Jago.
"I got the text, 'I hear there's been a shark attack'," Mr Jago told the Herald.
"I said, 'Yes, I'm on the beach now.' And she said, 'I'm having a cup of coffee with Meg. She can't contact Adam.'
"And I had to send a text back saying, 'It was Adam.' That's how quickly it happened."
Mrs Strange returned to Muriwai Beach on Thursday for a memorial for her husband, a father-of-one.
The prolonged attack by the 12-foot shark has shocked witnesses.
"He wasn't letting go. Normally two boats out there, guns being fired and being whacked over the snout with a paddle a couple of times would be enough," Mr Jago told The Herald.
Nigel Bradbury was at the beach with his daughter when he filmed the event on his phone.
''I was going to have a swim but we decided to have a picnic instead, and then we saw the inflatable (rescue boat) racing along the beach along with the quad bike towards Maori Bay,'' he told The New Zealand Herald.
Mr Bradbury said a police car parked next to him and within three minutes the police officer was in the rescue boat shooting at the shark to release Mr Strange's body.
''You could see it clearly, even though it was a fair way offshore. The water spraying up when he fired the gun - rapid fire and then you could hear the sound,'' he said.
Earlier, Mr Jago said Mr Strange was "a good water man" and was well known to the lifeguards who tried to save him.
Lifeguards had been traumatised, and were being offered support and counselling, he said.
Mr Strange was a TV commercial director and had worked around the world on several projects.