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Shark bites male visitor, 29, on leg near Kauai’s Shipwreck’s Beach

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    Lifeguards closed the beach at Keoneloa Bay after a shark bit this morning.

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    Shipwreck’s Beach on Kauai south shore was the site of shark bite today.

A shark bit a 29-year-old male visitor who was body-boarding near Shipwreck’s Beach on Kauai about 8 a.m. today.

The man sustained non-life threatening injuries to his leg and was taken by a private vehicle to seek medical care, Kauai County officials said.

County Ocean Safety officials closed Keoneloa Bay to swimming after the attack. Lifeguards have posted “Shark Sighted” and “No Swimming” signs along the bay and are warning surfers and beach-goers to stay out of the water.

Lifeguards will reassess the water Friday morning to determine if it is safe for swimming, officials said.

A brown water advisory was issued for the island of Kauai following last week’s heavy rains and flooding, but it did not include the area from Shipwreck’s to Sheraton Beach.

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