Kailua-Kona grandmother talks about encounter with 16-foot shark - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Kailua-Kona grandmother talks about encounter with 16-foot shark

A shark's bite mark on a standup paddle board from an attack off the Big Island A shark's bite mark on a standup paddle board from an attack off the Big Island

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

KAILUA-KONA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Big Island woman is counting her blessings after surviving a shark attack Sunday. Based on the size of the bite mark on her paddle board, officials estimated the shark was at least 16-feet long.

It happened about 30 feet off Lyman Beach in Kailua-Kona.

"It's really nothing less than a miracle that both of us are fine through this whole thing," Alaina DeBina, Kailua-Kona resident, said. "I mean, it could have been tragic."

DeBina says she was paddle boarding and looking for turtles with her three-year-old grandson just before noon, when she collided with something. She initially thought it was a turtle.

DeBina says the impact knocked her and her grandson into the water, so her first priority was to get the little boy back on the board. But the next thing she knew, she was face-to-face with a shark.

"It came up and took a taste of my board," she said. "It basically chomped on my board. Then it turned around and it was flashing its tail at me. That's when I was screaming for my husband, 'Shark, shark.' I was petrified at that point."

DeBina says she kicked the shark as hard as she could, threw her grandson on the board and paddled in. The two were not injured.

Kona police say Lyman Beach was not closed, but signs were posted warning people to stay out of the water.

Copyright 2011 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Undersea quake sends Alaskans fleeing from feared tsunami

    Undersea quake sends Alaskans fleeing from feared tsunami

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 5:28 AM EST2018-01-23 10:28:12 GMT
    Tuesday, January 23 2018 9:00 PM EST2018-01-24 02:00:26 GMT

    A magnitude 8.2 earthquake off Alaska's Kodiak Island prompted a tsunami warning for a large swath of coastal Alaska and Canada's British Columbia while the remainder of the U.S. West Coast was under a watch.

    More >>

    A magnitude 8.2 earthquake off Alaska's Kodiak Island prompted a tsunami warning for a large swath of coastal Alaska and Canada's British Columbia while the remainder of the U.S. West Coast was under a watch.

    More >>
  • Eviction gone wrong leads to 7-hour standoff on Big Island

    Eviction gone wrong leads to 7-hour standoff on Big Island

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 8:55 PM EST2018-01-24 01:55:09 GMT
    (Image: Hawaii Island police)(Image: Hawaii Island police)

    An eviction gone wrong on the Big Island ended with after a lengthy standoff and the arrest of two people Monday evening.  According to police, the landlord of a home in the Hawi area of North Kohala attempted to evict a couple from the home around 9:45 a.m. During the eviction, the couple, identified as 27-year-old Lucas Wolf and 28-year-old Britney Wolf, showed resistance and acted aggressively, police said.  Britney then allegedly fired a single shot and...

    More >>

    An eviction gone wrong on the Big Island ended with after a lengthy standoff and the arrest of two people Monday evening.  According to police, the landlord of a home in the Hawi area of North Kohala attempted to evict a couple from the home around 9:45 a.m. During the eviction, the couple, identified as 27-year-old Lucas Wolf and 28-year-old Britney Wolf, showed resistance and acted aggressively, police said.  Britney then allegedly fired a single shot and...

    More >>
  • 2 dead, 17 injured in Kentucky high school shooting; suspect in custody

    2 dead, 17 injured in Kentucky high school shooting; suspect in custody

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 8:54 PM EST2018-01-24 01:54:17 GMT

    A school shooting occurred at the Marshall County Kentucky High School on Tuesday morning.

    More >>

    A school shooting occurred at the Marshall County Kentucky High School on Tuesday morning.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly