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08/20/2019 - Female 27 yr. old - Hawaii

Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:26 am
by alb
Hawaii: Woman bitten by shark in Kealakekua Bay
Media Release
Hawaii Police Department
Kona Patrol, Area II
20. August 2019

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On (August 20) at approximately 8:00 a.m., a 27-year-old female reported that she was bitten by a shark while swimming in waters off of Napoopoo Park in Kealakekua Bay. She received injuries to her lower back and right hip area and was transported to the Kona Community Hospital where she received treatment. She was reported to be in good health and is expected to be released.

The shark was described by a witness as having a grey tip. It’s size and the type of shark is currently unknown. Swimmers are being advised to avoid the area of Kealakekua Bay.

Source: Hawaii Police Department ... a-bay.html

Re: 08/20/2019 - Female 27 yr. old - Hawaii

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:43 am
by alb
A 27-year-old woman is recovering in the hospital after being bitten twice by a shark near Hawaii's Big Island, according to KHON-TV.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was swimming in Kealakekua Bay at around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning when the shark attacked her. There were dozens of people in the water at the time the attack unfolded.

Police said the woman was rushed to the hospital with injuries to her lower back and hip. She was considered to be in serious condition at the time and is now reportedly in "good health," according to authorities.

Lalu Gardner, a tour guide for the Adventures in Paradise kayak and snorkel company, said he realized something was happening when he heard a "blood-curdling" scream. He paddled his kayak toward the victim and saw blood in the water.

"She was about 30 feet from shore, blood everywhere. A wave came, and she got swept back to shore," Gardner told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii Fire Department Battalion Chief William Bergin said the woman claimed she was between 50 and 100 feet from shore when she first felt the shark. She then managed to make it to shore, where bystanders waited with her until medics arrived.

Bergin said the high surf in the bay makes it a dangerous area, as visibility beneath the water is lower than normal. He also noted that sharks are particularly prevalent in the area this time of year.

"According to local fishermen, this time of year there's a lot of fish in the area, so it does attract a lot of sharks and dolphins birthing," Bergin told KHON.

"The shark is still in the area, so we're trying to get people out of the water at this time," Bergin added.