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Man bitten by reef shark off Paia, Maui

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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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