Looks like there’s been another shark attack on Maui, this time on the Westside. Details are pretty spare at the moment, so we’re just going to pass on the official County of Maui press releases we’ve received (the most recent at the top):
UPDATE: Ka’anapali Shark BiteOcean Safety has confirmed that the victim in this case is a 58-year-old male visitor from Marina Del Rey, California who suffered two deep lacerations on the right thigh, above the knee.When asked to describe the shark the victim said the shark’s head was the size of a basketball. Surfers in the water said they saw a gray, four foot long shark in the area of the attack. Lifeguards believe this to be a reef shark.The beach remains closed for a mile radius until noon tomorrow. No further information is available at this time.
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WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – A 58-year-old male was bitten by a shark this morning, in waters fronting 110 Ka`anapali Shores Place.
The incident was reported at around 8:30 a.m. Surfers were evacuated from the water and the beach is closed for a mile in both directions from the area where the shark bite took place.
Fire crews described the victim’s wound as a six-inch bite outline of the shark’s mouth on the victim’s thigh. The victim was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment.
Maui County Ocean Safety officers are on scene and have contacted the State Department of Land and Natural Resources about the incident. No further information is available at this time.
Photo: TANAKA Juuyoh/Wikimedia Commons
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Anthony Pignataro has been a journalist since 1996. He started work as MauiTime's Editor in 2003, took a couple years off starting in 2008, then returned to the staff in 2011. He's the author of "Stealing Cars With The Pros," a 2013 collection of his journalism and the Maui novels "Small Island" (2011) and "The Dead Season" (2012)–all of which were published by Event Horizon Press. In 2014, his one-act play "War Stories" won second place in the Maui Fringe Festival.