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Lifeguards clear Yokohama Bay after tiger shark stalks divers

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:15 a.m. HST, Sep 3, 2012

Two local divers encountered an aggressive, 13-foot tiger shark Sunday afternoon roughly 300 yards off Yokohama Bay, a Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman said.

The men were not injured, and lifeguards cleared the water and posted warning signs after the incident, Shayne Enright said.

Around 2:20 p.m., the shark approached the divers and hit one of the divers’ bags, Enright said. 

One of the divers attempted to fire his bang stick — an underwater firearm — at the shark, but it misfired. 

Lifeguards rescued one of the divers by personal watercraft after the other diver was able to swim to a rocky cliff and get their attention. 

Enright said that warning signs will be posted at the beach until 6:30 p.m., and lifeguards will stay on an hour later to watch the water. She advised beach goers to call 911 if they see any shark activity.

More information about ocean safety can be found at http://oceansafety.soest.hawaii.edu/.

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