Julie Dimperio Holowach Bio – Wiki
Julie Dimperio Holowach was a New York City resident, Who identified as the swimmer killed in a great white shark attack in Maine on Monday, WGME reported, citing the Maine Department of Marine Resource.
Officials determined a great white shark was responsible for the attack based on tooth fragment, the Portland Press Herald reported, citing the Maine Department of Marine Resources.
She was 63 years old.
Holowach Killed in Great White Shark Attack
Holowach, who was wearing a wet suit at the time of the attack, was swimming with her daughter nearly 20 yards off the shore of Bailey Island, the outlet reported. Holowach’s daughter, whose name wasn’t immediately revealed, was not harmed in the incident. She was about 10 to 15 yards behind her mother when the incident occurred, the Portland Press Herald wrote.
Two nearby kayakers rushed to bring Holowach to the shore, but she never made it to the hospital. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The kayakers who brought Holowach to shore had “strong character” to rescue Holowach, Jeff Cooper, director of fun and co-founder of H2Outfitters in Orr’s Island, told the Portland Press Herald.
“It was traumatic for the people who had the courage to go out there and retrieve them. There was a lot of blood in the water,” he said. “They had a strong character to go out there and do that. They did what had to be done. We should all be thankful people like that exist.”
After the deadly attack, swimmers and boaters in the area are being cautioned to remain vigilant, to stay away from swimming near large schools of fish or seals.
“I think people should be concerned,” Cooper told the Portland Press Herald, noting that sometimes kyaks can be mistaken for seals. “They need to pay attention, especially with a threat you can’t see in the water.”