A 19-year-old woman was mauled to death by a great white shark after being pulled out to sea by a rip current in New Zealand – and her relative later waded into the water to “defiantly” challenge the beast, according to reports.
Paramedics were unable to save Australian native Kaelah Marlow, 19, after she was attacked at Waihi Beach, in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty, about 5 p.m. Thursday, The Sun reported.
Witness Tadhg Stopford said a helicopter landed at the beach, where Marlow received CPR for several minutes.
“Vigorous CPR was being applied, and a troop of responders encircled the victim,” he told the New Zealand Herald.
After the life-saving efforts failed, a relative of Marlow waded into the ocean, Stopford told the outlet.
“The man roused himself and marched 100 meters into the sea,” he said. “His entry into the sea was a challenge, I guess, to the shark who had stolen the life of his loved