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West Hawaii Beach Closure Update for June 16th, 2019

La'aloa Beach Park has been reopened following a Shark Sighting Sunday morning (June 16th)

La'aloa Beach Park

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with Ocean Safety Lifeguards investigated a report of a shark sighting offshore of La'aloa (known locally as Magic Sands) Beach Park Sunday morning (June 16th).

The initial report came in at 11:35 am Sunday morning and crews from the Keauhou Fire Station responded to scene at La'aloa Beach Park. Per the reports from Lifeguard Station 22 at La'aloa Beach Park, reported seeing a shark approximately 100 yards from shore and was last spotted near the reef outside of La'aloa.

Shark was reported to be a Tiger shark approximately 8-10 feet in length.

Once HFD crews and Chopper 2 arrived on scene, they immediately began investigation of the surrounding waters offshore of La'aloa Beach Park.

At 12:00 pm, Lifeguards at La'aloa had advised all beachgoers and swimmers to stay out of the water and had since closed to beach until a second aerial survey of the waters offshore of La'aloa is conducted at 2:00 pm.

After a second aerial survey was conducted and completed of the waters in the vicinity of La'aloa Beach Park came up with negative findings, Lifeguards at La'aloa Station has reopened the beach as of 2:20 pm Sunday afternoon.

No one was injured as result of this shark sighting.

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