Update: DT Flemings Beach is open, water remains murky

Third shark sighting keeps Maui beach closed

LAHAINA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - UPDATE Dec. 29, 12:30 p.m.: 

Maui fire officials say DT Flemings Beach was reopened Sunday morning.

Ocean Safety officials say there was no shark sightings but lifeguards did post warning signs advising beachgoers not to go in the water. They say the water remains murky and full of debris from runoff of a nearby stream.


Three separate sightings of the same four-foot hammerhead shark prompted Maui Ocean Safety to close DT Flemings Beach on Saturday.

According to Ocean Safety's Supervisor Duane Pagan, the hammerhead was first seen at 9 a.m. approximately 5-10 yards offshore.  Lifeguard officials then closed the beach for two hours.

A few hours later, Pagan says the hammerhead was spotted again at 11:15 a.m. closing the beach for two more hours.

And just after 2 p.m., a third sighting closed the beach into the evening when lifeguards headed home.

Warning signs have been posted.

Lifeguards will check the water at the start of Sunday's shift to see if the shark is still in the area.

Ocean Safety officials believe the shark was lured close to shore due to stream run-off.

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