A shark attack on Maui has prompted the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to close beaches from Cove beach to Maui VFW.

Thursday morning just after 9 a.m., a female surfer was heard calling for help about 150 yards from shore. The victim had made it shore by the time officials arrived on scene. 

"She screamed so loud. I paddled over to her slowly and made her comes toward me. She was stricken with fear and needed to be helped/cheered on to paddle towards the shore," said witness Amy Langlotz Weis.


The surfer reported that a 6-7 foot shark bit the


back of her board. MFD says she was shaken but unharmed. 

Ocean Safety cleared oceangoers on jetski in the immediate vicinity, and continued to patrol the area.

The Maui Police Department alerted the public via social media.


Beachgoers are advised to avoid the area.