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West Side Maui beach reopened after shark attack

July 5, 2012
The Maui Weekly

State officials have reopened a Maui beach where a 16-year-old California girl was apparently bitten by a small reef shark.

The incident happened at the Kahana Beach area in front of the Hololani Resort on the morning of June 25. Fire crews found the Livermore, Calif., girl with what appeared to be a 3- to 5-inch bite on her left calf. She was taken to the hospital by her family.

The girl told officials it happened while sitting in water about 2 to 3 feet deep, but she didn't see anything.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources' Maui aquatic resources and conservation enforcement staff, along with Maui County Ocean Safety lifeguards, checked out the near-shore waters of Kahana Beach. There was no sign of sharks or anything that could attract them to the area.

The beach was reopened Wednesday after no sharks were spotted in the area.



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