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Kitesurfer survives shark bit in Kanaha Beach Park waters

November 7, 2013
Maui Weekly

The Maui News - Beaches around Ka'a Point and Kanaha Beach Park were reopened at noon on Friday, Nov. 1, following a shark attack the previous afternoon, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

An unidentified foreign national in his 40s was bitten in an area from his calf to his ankle while kitesurfing about 300 yards off Ka'a Point around 3:19 p.m. Thursday. He was conscious and coherent when taken by paramedics to the Maui Memorial Medical Center, officials said.

On Friday, a large shark was seen in offshore waters around 7:50 a.m., but subsequently left the area. On Thursday, lifeguards had seen a 12- to 15-foot tiger shark in the area and told people to get out of the water.



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