‘Scary’: Surfer seriously injured after suffering tiger shark bite off Kewalo Basin

Authorities said the man suffered injuries to his right leg.
Published: Apr. 9, 2023 at 10:44 AM HST|Updated: Apr. 10, 2023 at 10:49 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 58-year-old man suffered a shark bite on Sunday morning while surfing off Kewalo Basin on Oahu.

Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene just before 7 a.m.

Paramedics said the man suffered injuries to his right leg.

Nearby surfers helped create a tourniquet to stop the bleeding and the man was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

According to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, it was likely an 8-foot tiger shark that bit the surfer. They added there were earlier reports of a shark in the area that was acting aggressively.

Witnesses say the incident is a “scary” reminder of what could happen out in the waters.

“It’s pretty scary but I mean it’s part of the ocean,” said Honolulu resident Christie Ocolasurdo.

“I mean sharks, we’re going into their home. Although we don’t really want that to happen, it’s always a possibility but this is really sad that it happened to that man.”

Shark warning signs have been posted and DLNR says all surfers and swimmers should stay out of the area until noon on Monday.

Ocean Safety said it will continue to patrol the waters off Kewalo Basin and Ala Moana.

This story will be updated.