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Shark bites man off Kona Coast

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:45 p.m. HST, Jun 18, 2013

A Kailua-Kona man was bitten shortly before 1 p.m. today apparently by a tiger shark in waters off a Kona Coast beach, Hawaii County police said.

The 28-year-old man was swimming about 100 feet offshore when he spotted a shark in waters off Kekaha Kai State Park, also known as Kona Coast State Park, police said.

The shark bit him on the right thigh and right calf and then released him, police said.

The swimmer made it to shore, where a Fire Department helicopter took him to Kona Community Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening, police said.

Department of Land and Natural Resources spokeswoman Deborah Ward said a 14-foot tiger shark remained in the area after the shark attack.

DLNR is closing the Mahaiula section of Kekaha Kai State Park, which is the southernmost section of the park.

DLNR enforcement personnel are notifying beach goers of the attack.

Hawaii County Fire Department was on scene at about 1:40 p.m. to respond to the victim.

Fire personnel will fly over the area later this afternoon to see whether the shark is still around and DLNR will do a reassessment, Ward said.

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pollocoyoco wrote:
Can't do anything about the shark except monitor its presence, right? Shark fin law makes catching it illegal.
on June 18,2013 | 03:00PM
Anonymous wrote:
How come today it takes 24 hours to allow folks back into the water after a shark sighting but when growing up we judged for ourselves if the shark was around and could be back in the water within a half hour if the shark was going "down the coast"?
on June 18,2013 | 03:04PM
dlum003 wrote:
Comsidering the size of the animal, this guy was lucky to make it to shore alive. Not many have been hit by a 14 footer and lived to tell about it, probably weighed in the 1,000 lb. range, easy.
on June 18,2013 | 03:04PM
Bully wrote:
The swimmer was probably white, the shark couldn't resist.
on June 18,2013 | 03:05PM
aomohoa wrote:
Is that suppose to be funny or are you just a racist?
on June 18,2013 | 04:20PM
slowroll323 wrote:
on June 18,2013 | 08:51PM
FISHMAN20 wrote:
Shark finning is one thing. Just killing one is something else. I don't think killing one is illegal, although soon it will be.
on June 18,2013 | 04:17PM
aomohoa wrote:
I guess he was lucky that the shark didn't like the way he tasted.
on June 18,2013 | 04:18PM
aomohoa wrote:
Stupid comment
on June 18,2013 | 04:19PM
RingRing wrote:
Actually, it's not a stupid comment. Seriously, sharks bite into humans and spit us out likely because they could tell by the taste that we are not their food of choice. Why do you think that sharks don't finish the job and eat the human? They bite us, say YUCK and swim away thinking, "Geez, that was nasty tasting!"
on June 18,2013 | 08:25PM
Hawaiians wrote:
ouch i don't like them but the ocean is home to them...
on June 18,2013 | 05:43PM
aomohoa wrote:
on June 18,2013 | 07:05PM
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