Man injured in shark assault at Hawaii seashore

Man injured in shark assault at Hawaii seashore

A person was injured in a shark assault at a Hawaii seashore on Tuesday — the second such assault reported within the state prior to now week, officers mentioned.

The incident occurred Tuesday morning on Hawaii’s Huge Island, at Anaeho’omalu Bay in Waikoloa, the state’s Division of Land and Pure Assets mentioned.

Man injured in shark assault at Hawaii seashore

File picture of Anaehoomalu Seashore, generally referred to as Waikoloa Seashore, on the South Kohala coast on the Huge Island of Hawaii.

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A 68-year-old man from Waikoloa was swimming about 400 yards offshore round 8 a.m. when the shark bit him on the decrease left torso, the Hawaii Police Division mentioned.

The swimmer used a diving knife to attempt to fend off the shark earlier than the fish launched him, police mentioned. The encounter was with a reported 12-foot tiger shark, the Division of Land and Pure Assets mentioned.

The person was taken to an area hospital following the assault. He’s in steady situation and shall be transported to Oahu for therapy of non-life-threatening accidents, police mentioned.

“Further warning indicators have been put up at numerous resort properties within the space, in addition to by ocean sports activities operators,” the Division of Land and Pure Assets mentioned in an announcement.

That is the second shark assault prior to now week within the state. On Thursday, a 60-year-old lady from Washington state disappeared after witnesses, together with her husband, reported she was attacked by a shark in Maui, officers mentioned.

The lady was by no means discovered after a search of the realm round Keawakapu Level in South Maui.

Shark assaults are uncommon. There have been 73 unprovoked incidents recorded world wide final 12 months, in keeping with yearly analysis carried out by the Florida Museum of Pure Historical past’s Worldwide Shark Assault File. Six of them occurred in Hawaii.