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Woman suffers apparent shark bite off Kukio Beach on Hawaii Island

Shark sighting reported Saturday, ocean safety officials say.
Shark sighting reported Saturday, ocean safety officials say.(Hawaii News Now)
Updated: Apr. 20, 2021 at 11:42 AM HST
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KONA, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A woman was injured Tuesday morning in an apparent shark bite incident off Kukio Beach on Hawaii Island.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said around 8:50 a.m., an ocean excursion tour group of 17 people — eight people on stand-up paddle boards, six in canoes and two swimming — were out in the ocean when a jet ski operator alerted them to a 10-foot tiger shark.

That’s when one of the two women swimming apparently encountered the shark. She was about 200 yards off shore, the DLNR said.

The woman was taken to the North Hawaii Medical Center for treatment, officials said.

A portion of the beach is closed as officials investigate.

This story will be updated.

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