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Kauai woman bitten by shark off Mala Wharf in Lahaina

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Kauai woman bitten by shark off Mala Wharf in Lahaina

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Shark warning signs have been posted near a Lahaina beach on Maui after a Kauai woman was bitten on the leg, Sunday morning.  

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) posted the signs one mile in each direction at Mala Wharf following the attack that happened just after 10:30 a.m.

Rescuers with the Maui Fire Department were called out to reports that a 27-year-old woman had been attacked by a shark while spearfishing about 100 yards offshore.

The woman told rescuers that the shark – which she believed was a 4-6 foot Blacktip reef or Galapagos shark – at first just bumped her. Later, after she lost sight of it, the woman said the shark returned and bit her on the leg. Officials did not say how severe the bite was but did say the woman’s injuries were not life-threatening.

The DLNR says the shark warning signs will remain up at least until noon on Monday. If no further shark presence is detected, the signs will be removed.

Maui Ocean Safety helped DLNR officers in clearing the beach and water on Sunday.


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