Woman Who Died of Apparent Shark Attack in Maine Has Been Identified

By , 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The woman killed Monday afternoon in an apparent shark attack in the waters off the coast of Maine -- within hours of two shark sightings off the coast of Long Island -- has been identified as New York City resident Julie Dimperio Holowach, 63.

The Maine Marine Patrol said in a statement Monday it is "investigating the fatality of a woman today near Bailey Island. According to Marine Patrol, an eyewitness 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."

The statement added that "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 and the investigation remains ongoing. 

Earlier on Monday, a lifeguard spotted a shark near West Lido Beach in Hempstead. There was another sighting later in the afternoon.

The Town of Hempstead temporarily prohibited swimming at its beaches, but eventually lifted that order, and permitted beachgoers to enter the water up to their knees. Long Beach shut down its beaches altogether.

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