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Fatal shark attack reported in Makena

December 5, 2013
Maui Weekly

A kayaker reportedly died of his injuries Monday morning after being bitten by a shark in waters off of Makena.

Maui County Ocean Safety officers received a report around 10:20 a.m. that the male victim was fishing in his kayak somewhere between Maui and Molokini when he was bitten by a shark. A friend who was kayaking with the victim took him to a nearby snorkeling charter boat, which then transported them to shore.

The victim died prior to reaching shore. Although the incident took place some distance from shore, county lifeguards and officials from the State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) closed beaches from Makena Landing to the surf area known as "Dumps" until noon Tuesday.



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