Posted on June 18, 2013 by Damon
The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) this afternoon closed Mahaiula and Kua Bay sections of Kekaha Kai State Park due to a shark incident earlier today. The park is located 2.6 miles north of Keahole airport in Kailua-Kona.
Shark warning sign posted at Kua Bay, Kekaha Kai State Park. Photo by DOCARE.
At about 12:55 p.m., the victim, a 28-year-old male from Kailua-Kona, was swimming in waters off of Mahaiula Beach when he was bit by a shark.
The Hawaii County Fire Department responded and transported him via medevac helicopter to North Kona Community Hospital for treatment.
The helicopter overflight also revealed what appeared to be a large tiger shark in the vicinity of the location where the victim was attacked.
DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers and State Parks staff evacuated Mahaiula Bay, closed access to the bay and posted shark warning signs. Kua Bay is being evacuated as well and access closed.
Closure of these two bays will continue until at least noon Wednesday, following a flyover by Hawaii County Fire Department helicopter to assess offshore waters for any presence of sharks.
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Posted on June 18, 2013 by Damon
Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated a public accident case in connection with a shark attack Tuesday afternoon in waters off a Kona beach.
A 28-year-old Kailua-Kona man was swimming about 100 feet off shore shortly before 1 p.m. when he spotted a shark in waters off Kekaha Kai State Park, also known as Kona Coast State Park. As the man was swimming to shore, the shark bit him on the right thigh and right calf and then released him. The swimmer made it to shore, where a Fire Department helicopter took him to Kona Community Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening.
A 12-14-foot tiger shark was sighted in the area shortly after the attack. The park was closed to the public until further notice.
And from the Hawaii Fire Department:
A 28 year old male shark bite victim was found conscious and alert. The patient was attended to by bystanders and a volunteer firefighter. The patient was transported to Kona Hospital by Chopper 2.
Fire rescue and medical units from Kailua-Kona and South Kohala Fire Stations responded to a 28 year old male with lacerations to his right leg above and below the knee due to a shark bite. The male patient was attended by bystanders and a volunteer firefighter who helped to control the bleeding. The victim was conscious and responsive. He was taken to Kona Hospital by Chopper 2 of the South Kohala Fire Station. A shark estimated to be 10 to 14 ft in length was observed near shore in the area.
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Posted on January 16, 2013 by Damon
About 5 p.m. this evening, a 43-year old local male was surfing about 200 yards offshore at the north side of Kiholo Bay when he was bit on the right forearm by a 15 foot tiger shark. He also suffered injuries to his knee. A worker at a private home on the north side of bay called in to 911.
Hawaii County Fire Department responded and a helicopter was sent up to scan the waters, but nothing was seen. DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement contacted the Kiholo Community Association which posted shark warning signs at the entrance gate to Kiholo Bay State Park. The park will remain closed until noon tomorrow. In the morning, HFD and DLNR will assess the area for any sharks sightings. If nothing is seen, the park and beach will reopen.
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