Woman's arm severed after shark attack at Palauea Beach

Published  10:49 PM HST Aug 14, 2013
Maui shoreline
WAILUKU, Hawaii -

The shoreline from Makena State Park to Keawaula beach was closed after a shark reportedly bit a woman at Palauea beach in Makena Wednesday afternoon.

A 20-year-old woman, visiting from Germany was taken to the hospital in critical condition after a shark bit off her right arm.

There was a scream at Palauea Beach also known as White Rock Beach catching the attention of a kayaker and the victim's two friends swimming nearby. What they found was the woman who was snorkeling was attacked by a shark, her right arm severed.

Maui county officials say the water was choppy with limited visibility at the time. The attack shutdown the beach.

This is the second attack in two days. On Tuesday, a shark bit a free-floating kite board off Ka'a point at Kanaha Beach Park on Maui.

"It went at a couple times, like three or four, and it totally submerged it a couple of times. and then it figured out it was not a meal," said tourist Morgan Flannery.

Luckily, in that attack the Flannery was watching everything happen from shore. She was having trouble in the water and ditched her board, just minutes later the shark came.

"I felt very lucky because I came right through that same path that the board came through ... so I am very thankful today that it was the board and not me," said Flannery.

Officials will search the white rock beach area at 5:30 a.m. Thursday to determine if they can reopen it.

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