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Big Isle beach reopened following shark attack

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:33 a.m. HST, Dec 12, 2013

The Department of Land and Natural Resources and Hawaii County lifeguards reopened Punaluu beach today at noon.

 A Hawaii County fire helicopter flyover this morning did not show any presence of sharks in nearshore waters. 

The beach was closed Wednesday after a 29-year-old Captain Cook man reported being bitten by a 10- to 12-foot tiger shark.

The victim was bodyboarding at 8 a.m. with two friends in the area of Ninole Bay, just south of Punaluu Beach Park. The bodyboarder was about 20 yards from shore when he was hit and knocked of his board by a shark.

It was the 14th shark attack in the state this year.

Hawaii County police said the victim's injuries on were not life-threatening. He was treated at Kau Hospital and released.

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