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Puako Information Update for September 6th, 2020

One person seriously injured following a shark bite offshore of Puako Beach Sunday afternoon (September 6th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Kamuela) Team


The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a shark bite at Puako Beach Sunday afternoon (September 6th).

The initial call came in at 4:30 pm Sunday afternoon and HFD crews from the South Kohala Fire Station along with Chopper 2 and HPD officers from the South Kohala Patrol responded to the scene located along the shoreline fronting a residence at 69-1800 block of Puako Beach Drive in South Kohala.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from bystanders and an off-duty Ocean Safety Officer reporting a swimmer (described as female in her 70's) was bitten on the ankle (bite described as a 4-inch laceration and 1 inch deep) by a shark approximately 100 yards offshore of Puako Beach. The swimmer was able to make it back to shore on her own and bystanders onshore provided basic medical care until emergency crews arrived at the scene. Bystanders noted the shark was no longer visible in the area and not able to give a description of the shark.

Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Medics immediately took over medical care of the female swimmer, while HFD ground crews and Chopper 2 conducted a brief aerial survey of the surrounding shoreline and waters, with negative findings. HFD Medics then transported the female swimmer to the North Hawaii Community Hospital in serious - stable condition.

Department of Land and Natural Resource (DLNR) - DOCARE Officers continuing to investigate the incident.

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