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South Kona Information Update for August 20th, 2019

Female bitten by a shark in Kealakekua Bay in South Kona Tuesday morning (August 20th).

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with Ocean Safety, Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to report of a shark attack that occurred in Kealakekua Bay Tuesday morning (August 20th).

The initial call came just after 8:00 am and crews from the Captain Cook Fire Station along with Battalion 2, Chopper 1, and Jet Ski 2 (Ocean Safety) team responded to the scene at Kealakekua Bay.

Upon the arrival of HFD crews, bystanders reported a female victim (described to be in her 30's) was bitten by a shark (described to be 4-6 ft in length and unknown species) and had brought a female victim back to shore at Napo'opo'o Pier with traumatic injuries awaiting the arrival of HFD crews and providing life saving measures.

Once HFD crews arrived on scene, HFD crews immediately took over life-saving measures and later transported the female victim to the Kona Community Hospital, where her condition remains unknown at this time. HFD crews shortly thereafter, began to warn beachgoers and also patrons to stay out the water until further notice. They also notified tour boat operators to clear the water and stay away from Kealakekua Bay.

HFD Chopper 1 conducted an aerial survey of the bay and Jet Ski 2 also patrolled the water to warn all patrons to stay out of the water until further notice.

Kealakekua Bay shoreline and surrounding waters will remain closed until tomorrow afternoon, when HFD is scheduled to conduct another assessment of the area. DLNR has also posted shark warning signs around Kealakekua Bay.

Details are slowly coming in and will provide an update as it becomes available.

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