Friday, November 1, 2013

Kite Surfer in Maui, Hawaii Bitten By Possible Large Tiger Shark

Kite boarder bitten by Shark in Maui - MAUIWatch
On Thursday, October 31, 2013 at around 3:30 p.m., a kite boarder was bitten on the calf by a shark approximately 300 yards off shore from Kanaha Beach in Maui.

According to reports, the kite boarder had fallen in the water and was hanging on his board when he was bitten. He then managed to get back on his board and make his way to shore.

Reports from MAUIWatch are that an 8-10 inch chunk of flesh was missing from the back of the victim’s right leg near his calf area.

Beachgoers rendered first aid until rescue workers arrived and transported the victim, a visitor in his 40’s, to Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Shortly after the incident, lifeguards checked the area on jet skis and spotted a large 12-14’ tiger shark.

The beach was closed until further notice.

News Accounts:
-Alert Kiteboarder Flies in After Shark Attack - Maui TV News
-Man Bitten By Shark Off Maui’s ‘Kite Beach’ - Honolulu Civil Beat
-Shark bites kite surfer off Maui, beaches closed - Hawaii News Now
-Shark bites kitesurfer at Kaa Point - The Maui News