A woman was killed by a great white in the first fatal shark attack on record in the US state of Maine.
Julie Holowach, 63, was a recently retired fashion executive from New York. She was swimming 60 feet offshore with her daughter near Mackerel Cove when she was attacked. The younger woman was uninjured.
Ms. Holowach was reportedly wearing a wet suit and her daughter was not, fueling local speculation the shark may have mistaken the older woman for a seal.
Neighbor Tom Whyte said he saw the attack from his office overlooking the cove. He shared, “You could hear her giggling and laughing. All of a sudden Julie just started screaming for help. And all of a sudden Julie went under.”
Two kayakers helped Ms. Holowach get to shore after the attack. An ambulance was also on hand to help, but she was later pronounced dead.
A tooth fragment from the scene confirmed she had been attacked by a great white shark.