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Beaches Reopen after Shark Attack

Heather Darnell Heather Darnell

By Howard Dashefsky

WINDWARD OAHU (KHNL) - Windward Oahu beaches closed immediately after Thursday's attack were re-opened to swimmers Friday afternoon.

But not before several city and state agencies conducted a thorough survey.

It had all the appearances of a normal beach day on the windward side of Oahu.

Kite surfers in the water, joggers on the shoreline, and visitors taking in the scenery.

But it was anything but normal.

A joint command made up of police, fire rescue, ocean safety and the state land department were all on the watch.

"Were looking for two things. the animal or evidence of the animal of the animals behavior in a feeding manner," says Captain Terry Seelig of the Honolulu Fire Department.

Using protocol recently developed, the joint command scours the ocean, by sea, and by air.

They search one mile in each direction of where the shark attacked.

In this case, the area stretches from Waimanalo Beach Park to Lani Kai.

"I was down at lani kai beach at they came around and asked us to get out of the water, that sharks were feeding on turtles, so we got out and came today to see if they're still here", says Heather Darnell a Kaneohe resident.

Search teams find nothing, and the all clear is given at noon today.

Even still, shark warning signs remain up.

And for now, swimmers are urged to exercise caution.

Although state and city officials have no authority to ban people from the going into the ocean, were told very few swimmers entered the water this morning in Kailua.

But not before several city and state agencies conducted a thorough survey.

It had all the appearances of a normal beach day on the windward side of Oahu.

Kite surfers in the water, joggers on the shoreline, and visitors taking in the scenery.

But it was anything but normal.

A joint command made up of police, fire rescue, ocean safety and the state land department were all on the watch.

"Were looking for two things. the animal or evidence of the animal of the animals behavior in a feeding manner," says Captain Terry Seelig of the Honolulu Fire Department.

Using protocol recently developed, the joint command scours the ocean, by sea, and by air.

They search one mile in each direction of where the shark attacked.

In this case, the area stretches from Waimanalo Beach Park to Lani Kai.

"I was down at lani kai beach at they came around and asked us to get out of the water, that sharks were feeding on turtles, so we got out and came today to see if they're still here", says Heather Darnell a Kaneohe resident.

Search teams find nothing, and the all clear is given at noon today.

Even still, shark warning signs remain up.

And for now, swimmers are urged to exercise caution.

Although state and city officials have no authority to ban people from the going into the ocean, were told very few swimmers entered the water this morning in Kailua.