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Beaches reopen after West Maui shark attack

April 11, 2013
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - Ocean safety officials reopened waters off Ka'anapali at noon on Wednesday, April 4, after the area was ordered off-limits to swimmers and surfers because of a shark attack Tuesday morning.

There were no further signs of the shark that bit a California man, officials said.

The shoreline waters from Black Rock to Honokowai were closed after a shark inflicted deep lacerations on the right thigh of a 58-year-old Marina Del Rey man. He had been surfing about 100 yards off the Maui Kai condominium. The man was able to paddle back to shore, where bystanders helped him until paramedics came and took him to Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Maui County officials said the man described the shark's head as being the "size of a basketball." Surfers reported seeing a shark around four feet long.

However, based on the victim's account and his injuries, the shark may be from 8 to 10 feet long, according to Maui County lifeguards.



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