Fellow surfer recalls frightening moments during shark bite at Pounder's Beach

Fellow surfer recalls frightening moments during shark bite at Pounder's Beach

LAIE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A day after a 23-year-old was bit at Pounder's Beach near Laie, witnesses are speaking out, detailing the horrifying ordeal.

The incident happened around 8:15 a.m. Saturday. The man was with a group of stand up paddle boarders in the water when a commotion caught the attention of Ryan Hailstones, who was surfing nearby.

"Out of no where, you hear just back and forth, back and forth just yelling, 'Shark! Help! Shark! Help!'" Hailstones said. "I look over and I just see the shark's tail sticking out of the water and just thrashing back and forth like right on him."

Hailstones managed to surf up alongside the victim, and other bystanders brought the man to shore and began applying tourniquets to stop the bleeding from his arm.

"I think everyone kind of went into rescue mode and if it was one of us, we would hope that everyone would do the same for us," Hailstones said.

EMS administered life saving treatment and transported to man to an emergency room in serious condition.

Officials say no lifeguards were at the beach when it happened.

Shark warning signs remained posted at the beach Sunday.

Hailstones says he has since been in contact with the victim, who is undergoing surgery.

This story will be updated. 

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