Authorities identify woman who died in shark attack off Maui

10pm report: Kihei woman dies in shark attack near Makena on Maui
Published: Apr. 29, 2015 at 3:04 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 30, 2015 at 8:39 PM HST
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Margaret C. Cruse
Margaret C. Cruse

KIHEI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Authorities have identified the woman who died in a shark attack off Maui on Wednesday as Margaret C. Cruse, a 65-year-old resident of Kihei.

Shortly before 9 a.m., a shark bit the female snorkeler in the water near Makena at a surf spot known as "Dumps", according to the Maui Fire Department. Snorkelers found the woman floating face down about 200 yards off-shore. She was pulled out of the water, but had severe injuries to her upper torso.

Paramedics and firefighters began life saving efforts onshore, but Cruse did not survive.

Prior to the shark attack, the woman had been snorkeling with two friends, but at some point, became separated from them. She was alone when she was found.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine Cruse's official cause of death. 

The Department of Land and Natural Resources has closed La Perouse Bay to Big Beach, Makena and Kihei.

This is the third fatal shark attack to occur in Maui waters near Makena since 2013. 

In December of that year, Washington resident Patrick Briney, 57, was kayak fishing when a shark bit his right leg, which was dangling in the water. He died as a result of his injuries. And in August of 2013, a 20-year-old German tourist was killed when her arm was severed in a shark attack at Palauea Beach, which is also in Makena.

A list of shark attacks in Hawaii since 2013:  

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