Woman dies after suspected shark attack in Hawaii

News Release

County of Maui, Hawaii

29. April 2015


hawaii_shark1Woman Appears Victim of Shark Attack

MAKENA, MAUI – At 8:58 a.m. this morning firefighters received a call for an unresponsive female pulled from the water.

Wailea firefighters arrived at 9:12 a.m. at a popular surf spot known as ‘Dumps’, about a mile south of Big Beach, Makena State Park. Paramedics and Firefighters began lifesaving efforts, however, the woman, a 65-yr-old Kihei resident, did not survive.

Injuries found on the female victim’s upper torso, suggests she was attacked by a shark. So far, there are no reported witnesses of the shark attack. Snorkelers came upon the unresponsive female, floating face down in the water about 200 yards off-shore and pulled her from the water. The victim reportedly was snorkeling with two other friends and at some point separated from the others. She was alone when she was found.

Ocean Safety crews on rescue watercraft cleared the water of swimmers and DLNR officials have closed the waters from Big Beach to La Perouse Bay in South Maui.

Source: County of Maui


News Release

Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR)

For Immediate Release April 29, 2015


MAKENA, MAUI — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has closed Makena State Park and ocean waters from Big Beach to La Perouse light house to swimmers, divers, and other ocean users. This is in response to a fatal shark bite this morning in the Kanahena Cove area of Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve. DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officers, Division of Aquatic Resources staff, and County lifeguards are on scene to investigate and warn the public. Shark warning signs are being posted. Further details about the incident are pending.

The area will be closed at least until noon tomorrow, at which time officials on the scene will assess the area for reopening.

Source: DLNR


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