01/05/2007 Rich Reed (Hawaii) No Injury

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01/05/2007 Rich Reed (Hawaii) No Injury

Postby sharkbait » Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:34 am

Shark attack takes a chunk out of board in Kauai Friday
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Shark bites surfer's board off Kaua'i waters

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 January, 2007 : - - LIHU'E, Kaua'i—A shark bit a chunk out of a surfer's board at Major's Bay on the Pacific Missile Range Facility this morning, but the surfer was apparently either not injured or was well enough to leave without assistance. Missile range information officer Tom Clements said that the surfer had a permit for surfing in the waters fronting the base, and was in the water with several other board-riders when a shark took a piece out of his board.

He reportedly left the water immediately after the attack and drove alone off the base. Clements said his identity was not immediately known and it was not clear whether he had suffered injuries in the incident. After he left, a piece of his surfboard washed ashore. Clements said it was a semi-circle with jagged edges, about 13 inches wide and 6 inches deep from the board rim to the middle of the bite.

He said Navy officials will be consulting with county water safety officials about how to handle access to the water after a shark attack. The base will close surfing through today and tomorrow, Clements said. The county has closed access in recent weeks to beaches at Kekaha, just south of the Pacific Missile Range Facility, and at Salt Pond Beach Park, after shark sightings at those popular beaches.

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Postby sharkbait » Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:38 am

Posted at 11:51 a.m., Friday, January 5, 2007

Shark bites surfer's board off Kaua'i waters

By Jan TenBruggencate
Advertiser Kaua'i Bureau

LIHU'E, Kaua'i—A shark bit a chunk out of a surfer's board at Major's Bay on the Pacific Missile Range Facility this morning, but the surfer was apparently either not injured or was well enough to leave without assistance.
Missile range information officer Tom Clements said that the surfer had a permit for surfing in the waters fronting the base, and was in the water with several other board-riders when a shark took a piece out of his board.

He reportedly left the water immediately after the attack and drove alone off the base. Clements said his identity was not immediately known and it was not clear whether he had suffered injuries in the incident.

After he left, a piece of his surfboard washed ashore. Clements said it was a semi-circle with jagged edges, about 13 inches wide and 6 inches deep from the board rim to the middle of the bite.

He said Navy officials will be consulting with county water safety officials about how to handle access to the water after a shark attack. The base will close surfing through today and tomorrow, Clements said.

The county has closed access in recent weeks to beaches at Kekaha, just south of the Pacific Missile Range Facility, and at Salt Pond Beach Park, after shark sightings at those popular beaches.

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Postby sharkbait » Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:47 am

Shark attacks surfer
A man is not hurt, but loses a chunk of his board off Kauai
By Tom Finnegan
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MANA, Kauai » A 24 year-old Waimea surfer was not hurt when a shark took a huge bite out of his board yesterday at a notoriously shark-filled spot fronting the Pacific Missile Range Facility.

The surfer, whom officials did not identify, was surfing alone at a break known as "Housing's" at around 10:15 a.m. when the shark put a 13-inch bite across the front of his board, said PMRF information officer Thomas Clements.

"He was unhurt but obviously shaken up and thankful," Clements said of the man, who drove away in his vehicle before security personnel were alerted.

The man talked to a resident of the base before leaving, and she reported the incident to base officials, Clements said. Security personnel then closed the beach, and it will remain closed until tomorrow morning, when officials will evaluate the situation.

After the man left, officials said the chunk of board washed up on the beach.

Kauai staff members of the Department of Land and Natural Resources interviewed the man at his home shortly after the incident, said Tarey Low, the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement Kauai branch chief.

"He's fine," Low said. "He claims (the shark) was between 6 and 8 feet," but could not identify the type.

It was not the first time a shark attacked at Housing's, but this time the surfer was lucky. In October 1997, bodyboarder Michael Coots was bodyboarding Housing's when a tiger shark bit him. He lost his right foot.



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