'Aggressive' tiger shark surprises divers off Yokohama Bay

Published: Sep. 2, 2012 at 9:27 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 2, 2012 at 10:59 PM HST
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YOKOHAMA BAY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two divers got a terrifying surprise when a 13-foot tiger shark came up on them about 300 yards off shore of Yokohama Bay Sunday.

According to the city's Ocean Safety Division, the shark came up on the divers at about 2:20 p.m. and hit one of the divers' bags. One of the divers attempted to fire a bang stick -- a specialized underwater weapon to defend against sharks -- but it misfired.

One of the divers swam to a rocky cliff and was able to notify lifeguards, who then rescued the second diver.

Neither diver was injured.

Lifeguards cleared the water and put up warning signs, which will be posted until 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Lifeguards were also scheduled to stay on duty an extra hour to watch the water.

Ocean safety officials said anyone who sees any shark activity should call 911.

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