Updated: Jan 3
One person seriously injured following an apparent shark bite offshore of Anaeho'omalu Bay on Saturday morning (January 2nd).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) and Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) responded to a report of an apparent shark bite near Anaeho'omalu Bay in South Kohala Saturday morning (January 2nd).
The initial call came in at 8:01 am Saturday morning and HFD Crews from the South Kohala Fire Station along with Chopper 2, HPD Officers from the South Kohala Patrol, and DLNR DOCARE Officers responded to the scene located at Anaeho'omalu
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from bystanders reporting a swimmer (described as a female in her 60s) was approximately 500 yards offshore of Anaeho'omalu Bay and suffered an apparent shark bite (description and size of the shark not immediately disclosed) to the lower right leg (injuries occurred below the right knee and described as serious and traumatic). Following the bite, bystanders on a commercial boat nearby went to the aid of the female swimmer began basic medical treatment, and transported her to Anaeho'omalu Beach to await the arrival of emergency crews. The female swimmer was conscious and alert during the incident.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD personnel immediately took over medical care of the female swimmer and later transported her by HFD Medic to the North Hawaii Community Hospital in serious condition. Following the patient transport, HFD Chopper 2 conducted an aerial survey of the surrounding waters near Anaeho'omalu Bay, however, came up with negative findings.
Since the incident, DLNR - DOCARE Officers have posted signs and Anaeho'omalu Bay and surrounding waters have since been closed to the public following the apparent bite and will reopen the beach following a negative finding result from an aerial survey that is scheduled for Sunday morning (January 3rd).
DLNR continues to investigate the incident and will release further details at a later time.