Woman dies from shark attack

A woman died Apr. 3 off the east coast of Australia after being attacked by a shark.

Christine Armstrong,63, was attacked during a 600 metre swim from a wharf to the nearby beach village of Tathra,  located about 340 kilometres south of Sydney.

Armstrong had strayed from the company of five other swimmers, including her husband Rob Armstrong, when the three to four metre shark was spotted.

Unsuccessful attempts were made to locate Armstrong’s remains. The search was called off.

In a statement, Armstrong’s family said that she had been swimming at the beach for 14 years and was a trainer at a local volunteer lifeguard club.

The statement went on to say that swimming brought her much joy and many friends,”She will be sadly missed by all who loved her, especially by Rob, her husband of 44 years.”

An annual event known as the Tathra Wharf to Waves – a swim from the rocky coastline wharf to the beach and back again – draws hundreds, while locals gather at the beach every morning to complete the swim.

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