Sunday, August 18, 2013

Surfer Attacked by Shark Off Hawaii's Big Island

It has happened once again in Hawaii, a 16-year-old surfer has suffered shark bites to both legs while surfing off the Big Island.  The type of shark is unknown but was reported to be 8 feet in length.

The victim was surfing at Pohoiki, HI, which is approximately 30 miles south of Hilo, when the attack occurred at around 1:30pm on Sunday.  The victim was taken by air ambulance to Hilo Medical Center and his condition is unknown at this time.

On the opposite of the island, officials had closed Hapuna beach earlier today due to the sighting of a 10 to 15 foot tiger shark.

This marks the eight shark attack in Hawaii this year. Just last week, a 20-year-old tourist from Germany lost her arm in a shark attack off Maui.

We will update this story if/when more details become available.

News Accounts:
Surfer bitten by shark in waters off the Big Island - KHON2 News
Shark attack at Pohoiki Boat Ramp on the Big Island - Hawaii News Now
16-Year-Old Attacked by Shark at Pohoiki - Big Island Now

UPDATE 08/20/2013: The victim, Jimmy “Ulu Boy” Napeahi, gives an update on his condition.

He was bitten by a 8-10 foot tiger shark and sustained 150 stitches and lost a part of his buttocks.
KHON2 interview