POLICE have released the name of the 63-year-old woman believed to have been taken by a shark at Tathra on the NSW south coast this morning.
Christine Armstrong was swimming in a group at the beach about 8.20am when she disappeared about 100m off shore. Witnesses said she was taken by a shark, police said.
Her family has released this statement: "Chris was very loved by many people."
"She has been swimming at Tathra Beach for 14 years and was an experienced and committed member of the surf club.
"She was a senior surf club trainer for many years and swimming brought her much joy and many friends.
"She will be sadly missed by all who loved her, especially by Rob, her husband of 44 years."
Woman, 60, taken by shark off NSW beach
HUMAN remains have been found at the scene of an apparent shark attack near Tathra on the New South Wales far south coast.
A local woman in her 60s was swimming with a group between the wharf and Tathra Beach about 8:20am (AEDT) when she was taken by what witnesses believe was a shark.
Her companions, who said she was taken about 100 metres offshore, raised the alarm when they returned to shore.
Inspector Jason Edmunds from Bega Police says several witnesses saw the incident and are being treated for shock.
"It appears that a shark has taken her," he said.
"What type or what size I couldn't tell you at this stage.