Shark attacks man off Kona CoastUPDATED 10:55 PM HST Jun 18, 2013Video Transcript
Shark attack on the Big Island. A man is recovering tonight, after being bit by what witnesses believe was a 12-14 foot tiger shark off the Kona Coast. It happened in the waters off Kekaha Kai State Park, just before one o'clock this afternoon. A 28-year old Kailua-Kona man was swimming about 30 feet off shore, when a shark attacked. MY SISTER IN LAW, SHE STARTED SCREAMING AND THEN I GUESS THEY SEEN LIKE THE SHARK JUMP OUT OF THE WATER AND BITE THE GUY'S LEG. Shelby Eriksson was on beach and says the victim, with the help of his wife, made it back to shore, screaming for help. HE CAME OUT OF THE WATER AND HE STARTED SAYING CALL 9-11 AND THEY WERE LIKE 'OH WHAT'S GOING ON?' AND THEN WE SEEN A BUNCH OF BLOOD AND WE'RE LIKE OH, SHARK BITE. The man was bit on his right thigh and calf - but remained calm - in large part thanks to some unexpected professional help - an off duty EMT, who just happened to be there. AN EMT, I GUESS HE WAS ON VACATION, HE APPLIED PRESSURE, HE WAS HELPING HIM. IT WAS PRETTY AMAZING. The victim was taken by helicopter to North Kona Community Hospital with non life threatening injuries. The DLNR closed both Mahai ula Bay and nearby Kua Bay until at least noon on tomorrow. This is the 4th shark attack in the islands this year.