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Waiehu Beach Park reopened after shark attack

WAIEHU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Officials reopened Waiehu Beach Park on Monday, one day after a diver was attacked by a shark a few hundred yards from shore.

30-year-old Mark Riglos, of Kahului, was participating in a diving tournament in waters near the Waiehu Golf Course when he was bit on the leg by a shark Sunday morning.

The shark circled back towards Riglos after biting him once, but he managed to keep it away with a spear gun.

Officials say Riglos suffered severe lacerations to his right ankle that did not appear to be life-threatening. He underwent surgery Sunday afternoon.

DLNR officials closed Waiehu Beach Park on Sunday between Round Table in Waihee to the Iao River mouth near Paukukalo Village.

DLNR Spokesperson Deborah Ward says the fire department's Air One helicopter did a fly over inspection around 9 a.m. and reported no sightings of sharks or anything else out of the ordinary.

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