|Punaluʻu Beach - pic credit|
According to a release by the Hawaii Police Department, the incident occurred today, December 11, 2013, at approximately 8:00am at Punaluʻu in the area of Punaluʻu Beach and Nīnole Bay.
The victim was body boarding with two friends and was approximately 20 yards off shore in eight feet of water when he was bitten.
The victim is currently being treated in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
As it standard procedure, the beach was closed and it is expected to remain closed until Friday at 12 noon.
This marks the 14th shark bite/attack this year in Hawaii and is the fourth incident on the Big Island.
-August 18th - Surfer Attacked by Shark Off Hawaii's Big Island
-June 18th - 14 Foot Tiger Shark Bites Swimmer Off Hawaii's Big Island
-January 16th - Big Island surfer hospitalized from shark attack