jteabird wrote:Another shark attack on Maui a few minutes ago. Lady got her arm bit off. No joke some shit is going on.
WAILEA, Maui (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Officials have closed two miles of beaches in Makena following a shark attack on a snorkeler at Palauaea Beach, also known as "White Rock."
The woman visiting from Germany was attacked by a shark Wednesday, resulting in the loss of part of her arm.
Beaches have been closed for one mile in each direction of Palauea Beach, from Makena Beach Resort to Mana Kai Resort. Maui DOCARE personnel will be warning the public on the beach until dark to remain out of the water.
The incident happened at about 4:40 p.m.
Officials say the 20-year-old woman was transported to an emergency room at Maui Memorial Hospital in critical condition with her right arm 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 Department of Land and Natural Resources says county lifeguards are working with the Maui Fire Department to put up a helicopter in order to fly the coastline and search for the shark.
Thursday morning, state and county officials will return to the beach and conduct an assessment for any presence of sharks and if nothing is sighted, may decide to reopen the beach by noon.
Aquatic resources staff will attempt to interview the victim on the circumstances of the incident at the earliest possible opportunity once doctors have completed their exam and treatment.
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