Pro surfer helps shark attack victim

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

KAHULUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 15 year old Kihei teen who was bitten by a shark while body boarding just outside Kahului Harbor Sunday has been released from the Maui Memorial Medical Center after doctors stitched up wounds to his left leg and foot.

Professional surfer Kai Barger was surfing at the same spot with friends when the teen was attacked.

"It was funny because we were talking about sharks that whole day and how my friend had surfed that same wave a couple days ago and seen one and literally right then and there we just heard the kid screaming. They were probably like 20 yards from us," Barger told Hawaii News Now.

"We just immediately looked at each other and thought, OK, shark. Guarantee that's the shark," Barger added.

Barger and fellow surfer Tanner Hendrickson helped the teen to shore. Once they got there they used a leash from one of their boards as a tourniquet to slow the bleeding.

Paramedics tended to the unidentified boy was taken to the hospital for treatment.

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