Julie Dimperio Holowach, 63, from New York City, died on Monday afternoon
A 63-year-old retired fashion manager heard her giggle with her daughter before being killed in an attack on a great white shark. Friends had retired early to live their dream life.
Julie Dimperio Holowach swam in a wetsuit with her daughter near Bailey Island, Harpswell, Maine on Monday afternoon when an eyewitness saw her dive underwater.
A neighbor, Tom Whyte, saw the attack from his office facing Mackerel Cove.
He said to Pressherald, “You could hear them giggling and laughing. Julie suddenly started screaming for help. & # 39;
Her daughter swam towards her, but suddenly Julie went down.
Frau Holowach's daughter, who was unharmed, ran to the bank and screamed for help.
The great white shark was probably looking for seals in the area. There is a high population on the Maine coast due to federal protection.
Greg Skomal, a senior scientist at the Mass. Division of Marine Fisheries and Great White Shark expert said they use Cape Cod as a "rest area on a major freeway when moving to northern parts" to search for seals.
They are not known to attack people, and experts believe that the wetsuit that Ms. Holowach was wearing could have confused the shark that she was a seal.
"I think it is generally accepted that the increase in the number of seals leads to more white sharks getting closer to the coast in a few months," Nick Whitney, lead scientist at the New England Aquarium, told Maine Public Radio.
Holowach was president of the Kipling accessories brand when she retired in 2016 to enjoy life
Ms. Holowach, who lives between homes in New York City, Florida and Maine, ran the NYC Marathon with her daughter (pictured) a few years ago, according to her Facebook page
Charlie Wemyss-Dunn from Boston and his wife heard screams and thought someone might drown.
Great white shark attacks in Maine
Since 1936, only three murders by suspected great white sharks have been recorded …
July 1936 A 16-year-old boy was attacked off Mattapoisett, Massachusetts.
September 2018 A 26-year-old student from Revere, Massachusetts, was attacked by a suspected great white shark while bodyboarding off Wellfleet, but died after he landed again.
July 2020 Julie Dimperio Holowach, 63, was killed in a Great White Shark attack while swimming near Bailey Island.
Other recorded conflicts between humans and sharks are …
2010 A diver who recorded an underwater video for Cooke Aquaculture off Eastport was attacked by a herring shark – a species used to colder temperatures than other sharks. He struggled with his camera and was unharmed.
2018 A Canadian couple reported being overshadowed by a tall white man paddling through the bay in a canoe.
He said, "We saw what was in the water. We have seen their condition. & # 39;
Mr. Wemyss-Dunn dropped his wife ashore and paddled back with his mother.
The couple tried to keep Ms. Holowach's head above water, and his mother held her hand as they paddled ashore.
Marine Patrol says her wife was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.
Ms. Holowach made enough money to retire early and lived her dream life when she died, a friend of the New York Post said.
And according to Karen Murray, she would have been physically fit when she died from taking part in triathlons.
The mother of three children "decided to retire early because we are all doing well at VF," Murray told the New York Post.
"She made her money and wanted to spend time with her family."
Ms. Holowach, who lived between homes in New York City, Florida and Maine, ran the NYC Marathon with her daughter a few years ago, according to her Facebook page.
Jeff Cooper, co-founder of H2Outfitters on Orr & # 39; s Island, rented the kayak to Wemyss-Dunn. He said that Mr. Wemyss-Dunn had told him that there was a lot of blood in the water when he arrived.
Mr. Cooper first heard about the Monday attack at around 3:30 pm on a scanner and said the first-aiders described a woman with gastric damage after being "attacked by something".
He drove to a small beach to warn the swimmers to get out of the water.
Another neighbor, Steve Arnold, said he saw Ms. Holowach lifted up to 18 inches above the water.
Ms. Holowach was swimming in a wetsuit with her daughter near Bailey Island, Harpswell, when an eyewitness saw her dive underwater. A boat is pictured on the coast of Bailey Island
The fashion manager, who bore her maiden name Dimpero as President of Kipling, is pictured with Helena Christensen at the Kipling By Helena Christensen launch event on April 10, 2013 at the Gramercy Park Hotel Rooftop
The U.S. Coast Guard said she was alerted to a shark attack shortly after 3:30 p.m. after Holowach's unharmed daughter, wearing a blue swimsuit, swam back to the coast. Pictured emergency services on site
Ms. Holowach retired in 2016 when she was president of Kipling, a Belgian bag and accessories company.
Ms. Murray said: She is one of the happiest and most energetic people with the greatest disposition and enthusiasm. & # 39;
A year later, she joined the Board of Directors of Sea Bags, a Portland-based company that manufactures and sells accessories and home decor.
Don Oakes, CEO of Sea Bags, remembered Ms. Holowach as a lively, adventurous, and creative woman who loved living in Maine.
He said she lived there in the summer from May to October.
A fatal shark attack has never been recorded in Maine. The only other attack involved a diver in Eastport, according to the Florida Museum's 2010 International Shark Attack File.
Bailey Island, Harpswell near Holowach, where he swam, is pictured. No other fatal shark attacks have been recorded in the region
The incident occurred in Harpswell, Maine, and swimmers are now being asked to stay away from schools of fish or seals
The diver was not injured and fended off a herring shark with his video camera.
Officials confirmed that after the initial contact in a press conference on Tuesday morning, there were no additional shark sightings.
They called the attack "highly unusual" and said the beaches would not be closed.
Patrick Keliher of the Maine Department of Marine Resources said a salvaged tooth fragment confirmed that a large white man was responsible.
He said people tend to think of Cape Cod as the northernmost point for tall whites, but in fact they travel on.
Major Rob Beale of the State Marine Patrol said: "Julie and her husband were very distinguished people and the community is now really in a difficult phase."
Police confirmed that the coast guard was sending a small boat to the rescue, but stopped when they found out that two kayakers had helped her get her back on land.
There they were met by members of the Harpswell EMS team.
An expert said the shark may have mistaken Ms. Holowach for food, and now swimmers are encouraged to avoid schools of fish and seals.
Kipling President Julie Dimperio wrote on a chalkboard to mark Kipling's 25th anniversary in 2012 – four years before she retired
Anne Nearman and Julie Dimperio take part in the Kipling 25th anniversary celebration. The bags were known for their furry monkey key rings
The U.S. Coast Guard said she was alerted to a shark attack shortly after 3:30 p.m. after Holowach's unharmed daughter, wearing a blue swimsuit, swam back to the coast and called for help.
A viewer said the Maine Holowach news center was apparently thrown into the air by something underwater.
Swimmers and boaters are now encouraged to exercise caution near Bailey Island.
Dr. James Sulikowski, a professor at Arizona State University who conducts shark research in New England, said: “Shark interactions with humans are very rare in Maine. I suspect the person (who was attacked) was mistaken for food.
"In this area of Maine, and depending on how close the event was to the coast, it was probably a white shark," he told the Press Herald.
Sulikowksi said a seal was bitten by a shark on Sunday in Phippsburg, Maine and later died.
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