Monday, a New York woman, 63-year-old Julie Holowach, lost her life because of a rare and deadly shark attack after
which the Bailey Island Community is in utter shock.
residents claim that nothing like has ever occurred and the thought of a shark
attack never even crossed their minds. The
rescue team that was present at the scene suggests
that the woman was attacked at approximately 60 feet from the shore.
owners of H2 Outfitters had rented the tandem kayak to the couple who pulled
the stunt of rescuing the 63-year-old Julie Holowach towards the shore.
“They just instinctively, because
they heard cries for help, jumped in the kayak and paddled over. The people who
went out there to rescue were really courageous, in my opinion. They say one
person held her head above water while the other paddled.”
– The H2 Outfitter owner said.
added: And they got the body out of the water, rather than just letting it sit
there. It was pretty, pretty severe.
asked if Holowach was doing anything out of the ordinary, Cooper – the owner,
said: These are two people that live
here, that swim here every day in the summer and were enjoying themselves.
Spano is another resident of the area and has been residing there for almost
six years. She, too, was in shock when she first got to know about this
untimely and shocking death.
“It’s Bailey Island, Maine and you don’t
really see that kind of a thing here, everybody knows each other, so it’s just
really, really sad.” – She said.
resident shared a personal story. He said, “My father’s a lobsterman, and I’ve been on the water my whole life and
I’ve never heard of anything like that happening.”
Gaudett manages the fishermen of that area and claims that he was cordial with
the Holowach family. He said, “I don’t think they were originally from Maine, but
they’ve been here for a few years.”
was loved by the community and served as the board of Sea Bags. People who knew
her had nothing but lovely things to say about her.