A large shark killed a woman near her terrified husband and friends as they took their daily morning swim Thursday off a popular Australian east coast beach, police said.
Christine Armstrong, 63, was taken by the shark as she attempted to swim the 600 metres between the wharf and beach near the village of Tathra, 340 kilometres south of Sydney, police said.
The victim was some distance from the other five swimmers, including her husband, Rob Armstrong, when they saw a 3-to-4-metre shark nearby, said Police Inspector Jason Edmunds.
“The group joined up together and did their best to keep the shark at bay, although it didn’t directly attack them,” Edmunds told Nine Network television.
Locals called it “a tragedy waiting to happen,” see Canberra Times