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Maui visitor loses arm in apparent shark attack in Makena area

LAST UPDATED: 07:13 p.m. HST, Aug 14, 2013

A woman visiting from Germany lost an arm in an apparent shark attack this afternoon in an area known as White Rock in Makena, said Maui County spokesman Rod Antone. The woman, in her 20s, was with two friends at the time of the attack.

The woman, whose right arm was reportedly severed below the shoulder area, was transported to Maui Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Department of Land and Natural Resources officers were notified at about 4:45 p.m. County lifeguards are now working with the Maui Fire Department to conduct a helicopter survey of the coastline to check for a shark.

The shoreline from the first entrance to Makena State Park to Keawaula Beach, including Kihei's small boat launch ramp, is now closed due to the attack.

DLNR personnel are warning the public on the beach to stay out of the water. An assessment will be made in the morning for any shark presence.

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dlum003 wrote:
Just another case of more people in the water, upping the odds of an encounter. Maui safety and hospitality offficials should warn tourists against swimming too far from shore while slathered with perfumes and suntan oil. Its like putting a rack of ribs in front of a hungry Lion. Not much else can be done than to minimize risk in every small way possible. They CANNOT respond by killing any sharks, it is NOT their fault. If they start crawling up the beach and snatching children off the sand, then MAYBE that's justification. Hope she recovers fully and harbors no ill will against Hawaii or the shark.
on August 14,2013 | 06:49PM
8082062424 wrote:
great post.
on August 14,2013 | 07:06PM
aomohoa wrote:
on August 14,2013 | 07:32PM
eoe wrote:
"great post." Yes, if you have an IQ of 12.
on August 14,2013 | 08:17PM
sak wrote:
It is not the perfume or suntan lotions that attract the shark. It may have been her time of the month, and leaving a blood trail right to her. It's also the splashing and activity that the shark hones in on for food source. While growing up in Maui during the 50's and 60's while picnicking and swimming in Kihei our parents would be on shark watch duty. And I do remember the shark alerts from them while swimming, and getting out of the water as quickly as possible. Our parents minimized the risk or we were just lucky it wasn't our time.
on August 14,2013 | 07:59PM
eoe wrote:
Your parents were sitting on the beach smoking pakalolo, pounding back beers and messing with you.
on August 14,2013 | 08:16PM
tiki886 wrote:
You are correct. Perfume or suntan lotion does not attract sharks. She was lucky the shark bit her arm and not her torso or legs where there is more meat and blood vessels. Shark attack behavior is to bite to bleed their prey to death and come back later to finish off the carcass. That's why the majority of victims have time to swim to shore.
on August 14,2013 | 10:12PM
eoe wrote:
You are an ignorant, insensitive, horrible human being. Also - where are you from? If you were from here you would know there haven't been shark culls since the 1970s - almost 40 years. So why are you on here babbling about killing shark, toolbox?
on August 14,2013 | 08:15PM
8082062424 wrote:
fact remains the ocean is there home not ours. we just visitors.
on August 14,2013 | 08:39PM
Grimbold wrote:
Sharks are starving and looking for food, because the ocean is fished out ! So they try humans out of desperation.
on August 15,2013 | 05:12AM
RichardCory wrote:
"Maui safety and hospitality offficials should warn tourists against swimming too far from shore while slathered with perfumes and suntan oil." How high do you have to be to even think something like this? My god...
on August 15,2013 | 06:46AM
usahwn wrote:
There are too many turtles !!!! shark food . Stop the turtle feeding this attracts the sharks to the shoreline.
on August 14,2013 | 07:04PM
sadhugeorge wrote:
Is someone feeding turtles inshore?
on August 14,2013 | 08:14PM
SueH wrote:
Who feeds turtles??? And how do they do it?? Adult Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles eat algae which they scrape off the rocks with their beaks. I've never seen people, either in groups or alone, feeding turtles, which you seem to think attracts sharks. Sorry, but there is no factual evidence to corroborate your claim about "turtle feeding", just pure conjecture on your part.
on August 14,2013 | 08:18PM
yhls wrote:
Maui and Kauai hoteliers and officials should offer visitors basic common sense guidelines when swimming in Hawaii's waters. These areas on Maui or Kauai where people are being bit are well known by locals to be areas where big tiger sharks cruise looking for an easy meal. Many of the thousands of visitors who come to Hawaii are utterly clueless about the ocean and sharks. So they are going in blind. I'm sure if someone had warned this poor girl, she wouldn't have been swimming there.
on August 14,2013 | 07:22PM
false wrote:
Please don't make the State of Hawaii responsible for warning people about the dangers of the ocean. We can't afford to support all these shark attacks. The ocean belongs to the fish.
on August 14,2013 | 08:20PM
kukui_nut wrote:
May be the same shark from the Wailea attack a couple weeks back.
on August 14,2013 | 07:28PM
8082062424 wrote:
there was a shark attack on a board on Maui yesterday at Kaa Point near Kanaha Beach Park .
on August 14,2013 | 08:44PM
BKauai wrote:
There needs to be permanent shark warning signs placed at all these popular tourist beaches along the south-east coast of Maui, from Kihei to Makena. This coastline is a major tiger shark corridor. It always has been, and it always will be. The water is silt laden and therefore generally murky. There have been about twenty shark attacks or more in this area now over the past 20 years or so. The tourists need to be informed. They don't know the situation. They are unknowingly putting themselves in harms way just by swimming 30 yards offshore.
on August 14,2013 | 09:21PM
2NDC wrote:
Jaws! :-O
on August 14,2013 | 11:44PM
brusselsprouts wrote:
I feel sorry for her, and those who come to visit and get hurt or ..., on the news they said there was low visibility in the water which also could have attributed to the unfortunate attack. Sharks are more prone to attack in low visibility waters. agree that the tourist board or whatever they call themselves really need to beef up awareness for visitors.
on August 15,2013 | 01:25AM
Riamondred wrote:
South Africa and part of Australia have "shark nets" to keep them at bay and away from swimmers from highly utilized beach areas. Not sure why Maui/HI haven't adopted that. No expressing an opinion (given potential environmental issues), just asking a question.
on August 15,2013 | 09:00AM
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