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Man bitten by reef shark off Paia, Maui

By Star-Advertiser staff

& Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:55 a.m. HST, Jul 17, 2014

A 60-year-old Paia man reported being attacked by a 6- to 8-foot gray reef shark on Wednesday afternoon in Paia, a Maui Fire Department official said.

The swimmer was about 200 yards offshore at Paia Beach when he was reportedly bitten just before 5:27 p.m., MFD Battalion Chief Al Duarte said.

Department of Land and Natural Resources personnel were on scene to warn beachgoers, Duarte said.

Officials said firefighters responded to a youth center, where they found the man outside.

A fire official said the man swam to shore on his own and walked to the youth center.

Responders provided first aid and the man was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Duarte said the man suffered lacerations to his left foot, but he did not know how serious the victim's injuries were.

The man frequently swims in the area, he said.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Lucky I don't know how to swim laugh out loud.
on July 16,2014 | 07:49PM
808comp wrote:
Just last week they were talking about no shark attacks on Maui for awhile. Their still out there waiting for the right time.
on July 16,2014 | 08:48PM
false wrote:
as long as you are less than 190 yards offshore you are safe.
on July 16,2014 | 09:11PM
artmurch wrote:
Where did you find that inaccurate information? There are numerous places in the Hawaiian Islands where you can be in deep water, with sharks, 100 yards from shore.
on July 17,2014 | 08:00AM
islandsun wrote:
Sharks are fighting back.
on July 16,2014 | 09:47PM
Mythman wrote:
don't swim at sunset and only close to shore when doing so, right?
on July 17,2014 | 11:28AM
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