The search for a 62-year-old woman believed to have been
killed by a shark off the NSW south coast will resume at
first light today.
Bad weather forced police and surf lifesavers to end the hunt
for Christine Armstrong who went missing on Thursday morning
while swimming with her regular group, including husband Rob,
at Tathra Beach, about 100 kilometres north of the Victorian
Emergency services said she was killed swimming the 250m
between Tathra Wharf and Tathra Beach about 8.20am, with
witnesses claiming they saw a 3-4 metre shark close to the
Mrs Armstrong's family released a statement, saying "she will
be sadly missed by all who loved her, especially by Rob, her
husband of 44 years.
"She has been swimming at Tathra Beach for 14 years and was
an experienced and committed member of the surf club," it
The beach - a popular tourist spot - was closed after the
During the past century 47 people have been killed by sharks
in NSW waters, according to the Shark Attack File.
Bermagui Blue Balls swimming club president Gary Pearse often
swims and dives in the area and said there is a "resident"
"I haven't seen it myself but I know people who have and
there's also a lot of bronze whalers," he told News Corp