Officials are investigating a possible deadly shark attack off the coast of Maine. A Maine woman was killed in an apparent shark attack. If confirmed, it will be the first fatal shark attack ever recorded in the state.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources said that the Maine Marine Patrol is investigating the death of a female swimmer in Harpswell. According to eyewitnesses, the woman was swimming off the shore near Bailey Island when she was attacked by a shark.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources released a statement on Twitter.
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“The Maine Marine Patrol is investigating the fatality of a woman today near Bailey Island. According to Marine Patrol, an eye witness reported that the woman was swimming off the shore near White Sails Lane when she was injured in what appeared to be a shark attack. Kayakers nearby brought her to shore and EMS responders were called to the scene where she was pronounced deceased. No other information is available at this time and the investigation into the incident is continuing. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
Until further notice, swimmers and boaters are urged to use caution near Bailey Island and to avoid swimming near schooling fish or seals.
The identity of the woman is being withheld pending notification of family.”
The US Coast Guard also said they responded to the attack around Monday afternoon.
The Maine Marine Patrol is asking swimmers and boaters to use caution near Bailey Island and to avoid schooling fish or seals.
Shark attacks in Maine are “very rare,” James Sulikowski of the Sulikowski Shark and Fish Conservation Lab at Arizona State University told the Portland Press Herald. According to Sulikowski, there has only been one unprovoked shark attack recorded in Maine. In October 2010, an undersea diver filmed a shark attacking him off the coast of Eastport. The diver was uninjured, according to reports at the time.