Maui County Fire, Ocean Safety and state land officials have closed two miles of beaches in Makena following a shark attack on a snorkeler at Palauea Beach Wednesday, according to Maui County officials.
The female victim, an approximately 20-year-old woman visiting from Germany, was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition; her right arm was severed.
She was helped to shore by two male friends who were nearby in the water, and a kayaker. The water was choppy with limited visibility at the time of the attack.
The attack occurred at approximately 4:41 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, about 50 yards offshore at Palauaea Beach, also known as "White Rock."
Beaches have been closed for one mile in each direction of Palauea Beach, from Makena Beach Resort to Mana Kai Resort. Officials will search the area at 5:30 a.m. Thursday to make a determination on the possible reopening of beaches. The area will remain closed for a minimum of 24 hrs. according to shark attack protocols; the public is asked to adhere to all warnings and beach closures.
This is the third shark bite in Maui waters this year.