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Shark kills woman swimming at annual event off Australia coast

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A 63-year-old woman was killed off the coast of Australia by a shark, as she swam with a group during the annual Tathra Wharf to Waves event that spans 1,970 feet of ocean waters.

Christine Armstrong had been swimming at that same beach off the village of Tathra for 14 years, her family said in a statement to The Associated Press.

"Swimming brought her much joy and many friends," the statement said, AP reported. "She will be sadly missed by all who loved her, especially by Rob, her husband of 44 years."

Police said they sent a helicopter and boat to search for her remains.

The Tathra Wharf to Waves sends swimmers to the beach and back again, and attracts hundreds of participants each year, AP said.

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