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Friends and family farewell shark attack victim

Published: 9:59AM Monday March 04, 2013 Source: ONE News

Friends and family formed a guard of honour with surf boards at the funeral for shark attack victim Adam Strange today.

The father of one was killed by sharks while swimming around a headland between Muriwai and nearby Maori Bay last Wednesday.

Around a thousand jandal-clad mourners gathered at the Muriwai Surf Club, in Auckand, this afternoon to farewell Strange.

A Volkswagen Kombi van carried his casket to the service at the surf club where flags were flying at half-mast.

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Muriwai Surf Club chairman Tim Jago said the funeral was a "celebration not a mourning".

"They stopped at Maori Point at the viewing point there on the way down, then they stopped at the main beach, just reflecting and taking things in," he told ONE News.

Friends and family carried the casket onto Muriwai Beach where a fireworks display was to conclude the funeral.

On Saturday, friends and family of Strange braved the waters at the beach in a 'swim of defiance' after it was reopened to the public following the attack.

Shark attack 'extraordinary'

It has been revealed two sharks were involved in the attack that cost Adam Strange his life.

A Bronze Whaler and Great White shark are believed to have mounted two separate attacks with the Great White believed to be behind the fatal attack.

Shark experts say it is an extremely rare set of circumstances and is only the second time such an attack has been recorded.

Aerial searches failed to find the sharks involved in last Wednesday's attack.