Kaelah Marlow Biography — Wiki
Kaelah Marlow is a teenage girl who was allegedly killed by a suspected great white shark at New Zealand’s Waihi Beach and was dragged out to deeper waters by a strong current just before she was attacked. Marlow has been named as the victim of the fatal shark attack on Thursday.
She had been swimming with a group of friends at the popular tourist beach 153 kilometers southeast of Auckland when the rip caught her and pulled her out to deeper water.
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Kaelah Marlow Age
Kaelah Marlow, from Hamilton on the North Island, was 19 years old at the time of death.
Kaelah Marlow mauled to death by Great White Shark while out swimming with friends
Eyewitness Amanda Gould was swimming with her husband and two young boys in waist-deep water about 5m away from Kaelah Marlow when she saw her being dragged out to sea in the current. ‘She got separated from all her friends and was pulled really far out, beyond where the surfers would sit,’ she said.
The teenager was so far out that it was obvious she was in danger, and Ms. Gould said nobody had seen her waving but she heard a scream. Volunteer lifesavers on duty raced out to her aid in an inflatable dinghy and were just 10m away from her when the shark attacked, NewsHub reported.
Ms. Gould said the rough waters delayed the lifeguards, pushing their boat back towards shore every time they tried to push it out.
At first, she thought she saw another person in the water out near Kaelah – but the lifeguard told her no – it was a shark.
‘So I was watching the shark’s fin go around, not another person,’ Ms. Gould told NZ news website Stuff.
‘I didn’t see any blood… she was alive and when they got to shore. They started CPR straight away.’
Ms. Gould said there was chaos with people panicking as they fled the water.
Kaelah was brought to the beach with bite wounds on her legs. The lifeguards tried to resuscitate her on the sand for half an hour and were soon joined by a doctor on holiday, paramedics, and an emergency services helicopter. Tragically, the teenager died at the scene.
What we know so far about Kaelah Marlow
The distraught surf lifesavers who witnessed the attack have been stood down for counseling.
The death has also been referred to the coroner who will officially determine the cause of death.
Mr. Lawry told the NZ Herald how traumatic it was to see the haunted looks on the faces of the girl’s friends and first responders trying to save her, especially one man who walked into the water and began splashing himself after the CPR stopped.