Great white shark responsible for deadly Maine attack, officials say

Stock image of a Great White Shark (Getty Images)

BAILEY ISLAND (WGME) -- The Maine Department of Marine Resource says a shark involved in deadly attack Monday near Harpswell was a great white.

Officials say 63-year-old Julie Dimperio Holowach, of New York City, was killed in the attack.

The Maine Marine Patrol said a witness spotted Holowach swimming with her daughter about 20 yards off the shore of Bailey Island when she was attacked. Officials say Holowach was wearing a wet suit.

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Holowach's daughter was not hurt.

Marine Patrol said nearby kayakers rushed over and brought her to shore.

Holowach never made it to the hospital. First responders pronounced her dead at the scene.

Swimming restricted at Maine beaches after deadly shark attack

Marine Patrol is now warning swimmers and boaters to use caution in the area and to stay away from schools of fish and seals.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says swimming is restricted to waist-deep or shallower water at Popham and Reid State Park. Officials also say Fox Island is off limits.

New England’s last fatal shark attack happened off the coast of Cape Cod in September 2018.

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