A woman has died in what the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office confirmed as a shark attack off the coast of Harpswell.

UPDATE: The victim in this incident has been identified as Julie Dimperio Holowach, 63, of New York City.

The Maine Marine Patrol says they're investigating the death of a woman on Monday near Bailey Island. An eye witness reported that the woman was swimming off the shore near White Sails Lane, when she was injured in what appears to be a shark attack. Kayakers nearby brought her to shore and EMS responders were called to the scene, where she was pronounced dead.

No further information is being released, as the investigation continues. The name of the woman is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.

Until further notice, swimmers and boaters are urged to use caution near Bailey Island and to avoid swimming near schools of fish or seals.

We'll update this story as more details become available. 

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