Sunday 21st April 2024

A woman was killed in an apparent shark attack off the coast of Maine on Monday, which authorities say is a rare occurrence that has only been recorded once before in the state by an unprovoked shark.

Maine Marine Patrol said a witness saw the woman swimming off the shore of Bailey Island when she was injured in what appeared to be a shark attack. Two kayakers helped the person get to shore, and an ambulance provided further assistance, but she was pronounced dead at the scene, Marine Patrol said. The name of the woman was not released.

There has only been one recorded unprovoked shark attack in Maine. The state Marine Patrol is urging swimmers and boaters to use caution near Bailey Island and to avoid swimming near schooling fish or seals.

Shark appears to kill woman in rare attack in Maine, authorities say