Alaska man reportedly bitten by shark off West Maui
Snorkeler suffered a leg laceration
Nov 14, 2014
HONOLULU —A 50-year-old man from Homer, Alaska was reported being bitten by a shark at around 1:30 p.m. Thursday while snorkeling in the ocean off Airplane Beach in the Ka'anapali area of West Maui, according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
The man told DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources officers that he caught a glimpse of a 5-foot-long shark, felt a bump, and then immediate pain. He was snorkeling in 20 feet of water and reports that conditions were clear. He doesn’t know how far off shore he was, but swam back to shore.
A friend took him to a West Maui clinic and then he was transported by ambulance to Maui Memorial Hospital. He suffered a leg laceration.
DLNR has closed the beach area stretching from Black Rock to the start of Honokowai Beach Park. Officers will reassess conditions Friday morning before deciding when to reopen the area.