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Shark kills woman in Australia: Swimmer killed in front of husband, friends

A shark kills a woman in Australia while swimming in front of her husband and friends. The unexpected tragedy happened Thursday on a beach near the village of Tathra, which is about 210 miles south of Sydney.

ABC News reported April 3 that 63-year-old Christine Armstrong was taking her daily swim when she attempted to swim almost 2,000 feet from the beach to the wharf. According to Police Inspector Jason Edmunds, Armstrong was separated by quite a distance from the five other swimmers. When the woman's husband, Rob Armstrong, noticed a shark about 10 feet away in the water, he and the others tried keeping it away.

"The group joined up together and did their best to keep the shark at bay, although it didn't directly attack them," Edmunds said.

None of the swimmers saw the shark kill Armstrong, but a witness on the beach did. The Tathra Wharf to Waves is a rocky area that is popular with swimmers every year. It's frequented by locals almost every day.

The fact a shark killed this woman is Australia is especially shocking since the Armstrong family had been swimming at the beach for 14 years. Christina Armstrong was also a volunteer lifeguard.

"Swimming brought her much joy and many friends," Armstrong's family said in a statement. "She will be sadly missed by all who loved her, especially by Rob, her husband of 44 years."

Copyright © 2014 Heather Tooley

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