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Kohala Information Update for April 23rd, 2019

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) and Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) responded to report of a shark bite victim that occurred in the waters offshore of 'Anaeho'omalu Bay (Or known as A-Bay) on Tuesday morning (April 23rd).

The initial call came at 8:27 am and crews from the South Kohala Fire Station along with Chopper 2 responded to the scene and upon the arrival of crews, bystanders and victims partner reported the female victim was kayaking with along side with her partner, who was paddle boarding prior to the encounter and bite occurred in the waters offshore of 'Anaeho'omalu Bay. All patrons in 'Anaeho'omalu Bay at the time of the incident were evacuated as precaution.

The victim was brought to shore with the assistance of bystanders on an outrigger canoe. Once crews arrived on scene, HFD immediately tended to the victim and determine she was bitten on the right inner thigh with the bite mark approximately 12-inches in diameter.

Crews later airlifted the victim by Chopper 2 to the North Hawaii Community Hospital in Fair Condition. Chopper 2 later returned to the area and conducted an aerial survey of the surrounding waters for any sharks and did not find any sharks in the area.

DLNR posted warning signs and closed 'Anaeho'omalu Bay and surrounding beaches and shoreline through the Tuesday and will reassess conditions tomorrow morning to determine if the beaches and shoreline can be reopened tomorrow. Beach staff at 'Anaeho'omalu Bay also warned patrons to stay out of the water through the rest of Tuesday due to the shark sighting and encounter that occurred earlier.

This is the second shark encounter incident that occurred near 'Anaeho'omalu Bay within the last month. The last incident occurred on March 26th, 2019 offshore of Keawaiki Bay, where a 75-year old male, who was paddling at the time, was bitten in the leg and has since recovered from that encounter.

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