16-year-old surfer bit by shark on Big IslandUPDATED 10:25 PM HST Aug 18, 2013Video Transcript
16-year-old boy is recuperating after a scary encounter with a shark while surfing near Poho-iki Bay on the Big Island. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa has the latest. The teenager was surfing at Dead Trees surf spot near the Pohoiki boat launch when -- those in the water with him saw a gray colored shark about 8 feet long. Issac Belisario patch 1: clip: 65 10 HE WAS COMING DOWN THE WAVE AND THE SHARK CAME BY THE SIDE AND TOOK HIM OUT BY THE LEG AND THAT'S ALL I SEE IT WAS RED FROM THERE AND I TRIED TO COME AND HELP HIM BUT I WAS TOO LATE ALREADY HE WAS ALREADY BY THE SHORE I COULDN'T COPE I WAS SHAKING I WAS SO CLOSE TO A SHARK ATTACK 00:24 Witnesses say at least four people nearby rushed to help the teenager. First responders gave him aide as the fire departments helicopter crew scanned the ocean to spot the shark. Oolo Napiai? Uncle/ patch: 1 clip: 54 0:12 BIG LACERATIONS OR TWO ON BACK OF LEG :15 Elgin Santos patch 2: clip: 61 15 I PUT A TOURNIQUET UNDER THE LEG TO STOP THE LEG FOR ULU THE HAWAIIAN BOY THAT WAS SWIMMING AT POHOIKI TODAY 24 Officials say the boy was transported to the hospital with multiple lacerations and puncture wounds. Nana Ohkawa kitv4 news. On the other side of the Big Island... Hapuna Beach was closed this morning after lifeguards reported seeing a shark. The beach has since been reopened.