| Funeral underway for Adam Strange |
Surfboards lined the entrance to the Muriwai Surf Lifesaving Club where Adam Strange was farewelled this afternoon.
Mr Strange, 46, was killed in a rare shark attack at the beach, on Auckland’s west coast, last Wednesday.
Hundreds turned out for this afternoon’s service, which began with Mr Strange's sky blue beach-themed coffin arriving on the back of a red surf truck. The funeral will finish tonight with a 21-gun salute and bagpiper, so that Mr Strange can “go out with a bang”, Muriwai Lifeguard Service chairman Tim Jago says.
“Adam’s funeral today is to be an upbeat affair, a celebration of an adventurous man’s exciting and entertaining life.
“It brings closure to an incredibly tragic sad and testing time for Adam’s family, friends and the small Muriwai community.”
Mr Strange is survived by his wife Meg and their daughter, Indigo.
Muriwai Beach, which is popular with surfers, reopened to the public on Saturday after being closed for three days following the attack.
More details of attack revealed
At Mr Strange’s funeral today, Muriwai Lifeguard Service chairman Tim Jago revealed they now know the attack involved one bronze whaler and one great white shark.
“Adam was part way through a training swim from Maori Bay to Muriwai Beach.
“At 1:15pm he entered the water at Maori bay. Almost immediately, Adam was subject to the first of two shark attacks.
Mr Jago says within 90 seconds of the first attack, Mr Strange was subjected to a second and fatal attack – this time by a white pointer shark, which dragged him more than 300 metres towards Muriwai Beach.
But, Mr Jago says, there is no heightened shark risk at Muriwai.
“Police fired 12 shots at the shark – several of which hit the shark,” he said. “We’re extremely confident, having analysed footage taken by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, that the white pointer shark was killed.”