Widower: Woman Eaten by Shark Didn't Feel a Thing
She was consumed 'basically completely,' he says
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2014 6:50 AM CDT
Christine Armstrong in an undated file photo.   (AP Photo/NSW Police, HO)

(Newser) – The widower of a woman killed by a shark during a swim in Australia this week says he's taking comfort in the fact that his wife died doing what she loved and likely didn't suffer much, reports Sky News. "Her friends need to know I am absolutely positively certain with all my experience that she wouldn't have even known what hit her," says Rob Armstrong of wife Christine, 63. "The shark was such a size, and it's consumed her basically completely," he adds. "She wouldn't have even known what happened."

Armstrong recounts that he and his wife were swimming with four friends at Tathra Beach, about 200 miles outside Sydney, when he noticed birds swooping, then spotted a large bronze whaler shark. He and his friends swam to shore, assuming that Christine had gotten there ahead of them, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. A subsequent search by boat turned up her goggles and swimming cap, and "evidence that Chris is no more." Armstrong says he's certain his wife would not blame the shark.