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Boy, 16, bitten by shark on Hawaii island

By Star-Advertiser staff

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.

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paniolo wrote:
Mano showing up all over the islands. Be careful in the ocean.
on August 18,2013 | 04:44PM
First-Responder wrote:
Fact check - there is no 'Hawaii Medical Center Emergency Room'.
on August 18,2013 | 05:10PM
Grimbold wrote:
The ocean is being fished out and so the sharks are desperately looking for food. Their natural food has largely disappeared and that is the reason for the increasing dining of sharks on people in the ocean.
on August 18,2013 | 05:17PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
I wonder if the food chain is so radiated from Fukushima.
on August 18,2013 | 06:14PM
kukunaokala wrote:
Your wrong, it is the other way around. The resources around the Islands are actually much better, thus more sharks around, they follow the food. The tiger sharks main diet is turtles, no one will argue that there are less green sea turtles today than 5,10 15 years ago, as for fish, much more reef fish today than in the past.
on August 18,2013 | 07:29PM
fka wrote:
Hopefully,the boy is okay and injuries are limited. The thing that bothers me is how will all these attacks by sharks recently have an impact on our number one industry...tourism????
on August 18,2013 | 05:25PM
Dragonman wrote:
Won't affect tourism, at least not until a shark attacks a tourist walking the streets of Waikiki.
on August 19,2013 | 06:40AM
dlum003 wrote:
Ulu Napeahi was the surfer involved. Hope he's OK..
on August 18,2013 | 06:45PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
This seems to be the summer of "Jaws" with the increasing amount of shark attacks thru out the State....
on August 18,2013 | 08:18PM
Maunawiliboy wrote:
shark fining might be responsible.......
on August 18,2013 | 08:48PM
WOW, I no like go in da wata' already.
on August 19,2013 | 12:38AM
RYMATS wrote:
It's like beating a dead horse to ask the State to do something about the infestation of sharks but the ever increasing number of attacks close to shore needs to be addressed. Shark reduction programs within shoreline limits should be initiated as soon as possible. With commercial fishing reducing normal food sources for sharks in deep water and baiting of sharks close to shore by other commercial vendors makes for bad habits for these predators. Once Hawaii establishes a reputation for shark attacks, our warm waters will no longer be such an attraction for tourists.
on August 19,2013 | 05:26AM
Waimea_Cowboy wrote:
More turtles = more tiger sharks.
on August 19,2013 | 05:59AM
mikethenovice wrote:
It must be a contest going on here between the shark bites and the motorcycle/moped accident? No wonder healthcare insurance is so high. Throwing caution into the wind.
on August 19,2013 | 06:20AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
This cannot be good publicity for our tourism industry
on August 19,2013 | 07:22AM
zelda123 wrote:
......only a test bite
on August 19,2013 | 08:51AM
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