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.