US officials said a woman was killed by a great white shark in a rare attack off the coast of Maine.
The woman was swimming near Bailey Island, close to the city of Portland – on Monday when she was attacked.
The victim’s name was Julie Holowach, 63, of New York.
It is the first fatal shark attack on record in Maine – and only the second attack recorded there. Sharks are not common in the area due to cold water.
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Two kayakers helped Ms. Holowach, who was said to be wearing a wetsuit, go ashore after the attack.
An ambulance was also on hand to help at the scene, but was later pronounced dead.
A local official said that a tooth fragment from the scene confirmed that he had been attacked by a great white shark.
In search of seals, such sharks can be found in local waters off the coast of Maine.
The New York Post reported that Ms. Holowach retired after a highly successful career as a fashion executive.
Long-time friend Karen Murray told the Post, “He is one of the happiest and most energetic people.
“Julie ran the marathon. She really did the triathlon. She was in a very good, big physical figure. She made her money, and she wanted to spend time with her family.”
In recent weeks, sharks have been spotted in several places off the north-eastern US coast, particularly around Long Island, New York, as reported by news agency AFP.
It has also been last seen around Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where a surfer was killed by a great white in September 2018.