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  • 4 April 2014, 12:06

Swimmer Taken By Shark 'Consumed Completely'

The husband of a keen swimmer who was snatched by a shark close to a popular beach says he accepts she has been "consumed completely".

Australian search crews looking for the remains of Christine Armstrong have found a swimming cap and goggles in the water with some human remains which will be forensically tested.

The 63-year-old was with a group of swimmers on their regular morning swim between Tathra Wharf and Tathra Beach more than 200 miles (320km) south of Sydney on Thursday when she was taken.

Rob, her husband of 44 years, is convinced she suffered a quick death, saying he was certain she "would not have known what had hit her".

"The shark was such a size and it's consumed her basically completely - she wouldn't have even known it happened," he said.

Mr Armstrong and others in the group said they had seen a shark nearby.

He added that as a regular swimmer who knew the risks, his wife would not have blamed the species for the attack.

In the past the wharf was a popular fishing spot, including some hunting for sharks.

Police have now ended their search, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Despite sharks being common in the waters around Australia, fatal attacks are rare.

There is an average of 15 attacks a year, but only one typically proves fatal.

On Wednesday the body of a diver who disappeared in Western Australia was recovered. There is evidence he was bitten by a shark.

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