Two shark attacks in a month at Maui beach

Updated: Nov. 14, 2016 at 5:34 PM HST
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A 58-year-old Kihei woman was snorkeling about 30 yards off shore when she was bitten on her calf and thigh by what she described as a "large shark".

This is the third shark attack on Maui in the past month.  Two of the bites, including this one happened at Kama'ole Beach Park One.
Fire officials say the woman was holding on to a foam floatation device when attack happened.  The woman managed to swim all the way back to shore on her own.  It all happened in front of the county lifeguard tower.  Lifeguards treated the woman until medics arrive.

We're told no one saw the shark but they did see something else in the water.

"No sightings of sharks but we did see quite a bit of turtles. Turtles were in the water," said Skippy Hau, Division of Aquatic Resources.

Fire officials confirm the woman was rushed into surgery.  No word yet on who she is or how she's doing.

The county has posted shark warning signs from Cove Park to Kama'ole Beach Park III.  Water conditions and visibility were described as good at the time of the bite.

Officials tell us they will assess the area tomorrow  and determine whether or not to reopen the beach.

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