POSTED: 4:06 p.m. HST, Aug 18, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 10:57 a.m. HST, Aug 19, 2013
A 16-year-old boy surfing at “Dead Trees” surfing spot at Pohiki on Hawaii Island was attacked by a shark Sunday afternoon, county fire officials said.
The teenager sustained multiple cuts and puncture wounds to his legs and was transported by ambulance to the Pahoa Fire Station before boarding a helicopter bound for the Hilo Medical Center Emergency Room, the Hawaii County Fire Department said.
He was apparently attacked from behind by a grey shark about eight feet long.
Firefighters arrived at the Pohoiki Boat Ramp just before 2 p.m. to find lifeguards already treating the boy.
A fire department helicopter surveyed the area around the attack but could not locate the shark, officials said.