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Shark bite closes Maui beach

Courtesy: Deb Lynch via MauiNow.com Courtesy: Deb Lynch via MauiNow.com
Courtesy: Deb Lynch via MauiNow.com Courtesy: Deb Lynch via MauiNow.com
Dave Peterson Dave Peterson
WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A portion of Kanaha Beach on Maui has been closed due to a shark attack.

Officials say the 6 to 8 foot shark took a bite out of a board that was being used by a stand-up paddler.

Maui Communications Director Rod Antone says the attack happened around 7:30 a.m. at an area known as "Kite Beach" which is on Maui's northern coastline, east of Kahului.

Antone says the paddler scared off the shark by hitting it with a paddle. The paddler was not injured.

Kanaha Beach has been closed in the area the attack area stretching from Kahului Harbor mouth to the Kahului side of Spreckelsville.

Shark warning signs are posted.  

Lifeguards remind beach-goers to be aware of any unusual activity taking place in the water and to get out of the water immediately if a shark is spotted. Any sightings should be reported by calling 911 and asking for "Ocean Safety".

Click the video to listen to an interview with Shark Attack vicitim Dave Peterson - courtesy MauiNow.com.

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