New Zealand swimmer killed in suspected shark attack

Source: Xinhua| 2021-01-08 17:25:34|Editor: huaxia

WELLINGTON, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- A New Zealand woman swimming in the sea 153 km southeast of Auckland has died after a suspected shark attack.

According to the police on Friday, the fatal water incident occurred at Waihi Beach, a popular tourist spot about two hours' drive from Auckland, a major city in the north of New Zealand's North Island, late on Thursday.

"Emergency services were called about 5:10 pm after reports of a woman being injured in the water. Initial indications suggest she may have been injured by a shark," said a police statement.

"Sadly, she died at the scene a short time later," it said, adding the death has been referred to the coroner.

Shark attacks are rare in New Zealand although the country's waters are home to more than 60 shark species. According to the police, the last non-fatal shark attack was in 2018 at a beach northwest of Auckland. Enditem