Surfer seriously injured in apparent shark bite off Maui

Surfer seriously injured in apparent shark bite off Maui

PAIA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A surfer sustained serious injuries to his arm and leg Friday afternoon in an apparent shark bite off Maui's Hookipa Beach Park.

Hawaii County Fire Department officials said the 36-year-old surfer, a Maui resident, was transported to a hospital in serious condition with injuries to his left arm and left leg.

The incident happened about 5 p.m., when the surfer was about 50 yards offshore. A surfer near the victim heard the man scream, and spotted a 5-foot reef shark biting his arm, fire officials said.

Bystanders came to the victim's aid and helped paddle him to shore.

Authorities had posted shark warning signs along a two-mile stretch of beach.

On Saturday morning, officials did not observe any associated shark activity and the signs were removed,

At the time of the incident, ocean conditions were choppy and murky, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said.

This is the second shark bite off Maui this month and the eighth statewide so far this year.

Earlier this month, a snorkeler was seriously injured in a shark bite off Kihei.

Researchers have warned oceangoers that shark bites are more common in October. Since 1985, October has had at least 30 unprovoked shark bites. That's more than twice as many as any other month.

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