Wednesday, June 19, 2013

14 Foot Tiger Shark Bites Swimmer Off Hawaii's Big Island

Shark bite victim at Kona Coast State Park - KHON 
A male in his late 20's, was bitten by a 14 foot tiger shark while swimming 100 yards offshore at  Kona Coast (Kekaha Kai) State Park. The attack occurred on Tuesday at 1:00pm at this popular Big Island swimming spot.

According to reports, the gentleman was in 12 feet of water when he was bit on his right thigh and calf.  Following the bites, the shark swam away and the victim was able to make it to shore.

The victim was flown to Kona Community hospital and his injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

According to an official with the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the shark continued to stay in the area and the beach was closed until further notice.
Photo from KHON 2

UPDATE (06/19): The victim, James Kerrigan, speaks to Hawaii News Now.

News Accounts:
14-foot shark bites swimmer at Big Island beach - Hawaii News Now
Shark bites man off Kona Coast - Star Advertiser
- Kona man transported to hospital after shark attack - Hawaii 24/7
Man Attacked by Shark off North Kona Beach - Big Island Now
- Man attacked by shark in waters off the Big Island - KHON News