Shark victim's husband returns to ocean

Wearing ceremonial bathing caps in honour of Christine Armstrong, grieving husband Rob - supported by the Tathra swimming group - got back in the water Saturday morning.

Two days after Mrs Armstrong, 63, was taken by a shark while on her regular morning swim, friends and family linked arms and walked into the water at Tathra Beach.

Close friend and Far South Coast branch president Tony Rettke joined Rob Armstrong in the water at Tathra Beach, as he had done for many years.

“There were a group of about 25 of us, and he got lots of cuddles and that was great,” he said.

“With Rob leading the way, we swam out about 50 metres and caught a few waves, and then came back for coffee and breakfast as you usually would”.

Rettke, who was not swimming with the group on the morning of the attack, said some wore floral beach caps in memory of Mrs Armstrong, which were usually worn on birthdays.

The beach was officially reopened at 10am this morning, with a normal Saturday patrol by the local surf lifesavers.

Mr Rettke said there would be some fear among swimmers at the beach but most were taking a practical approach, realising the chance of such a tragedy happening again was remote.

"The flags are back up, the patrols are on - we have about half a dozen people in the water," he said.

"We may be a few people down in numbers but really, at this time of year, on an overcast day, it's pretty normal."

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