Surfer Severely Injured After Shark Attack in Hawaii Today

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A Tiger Shark is suspected in today's shark attack
A Tiger Shark is suspected in today’s shark attack

A 25-year-old man is reported to be in critical condition after a shark attacked him on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii today.  The man was surfing at a break called Leftovers, located between Laniakea and Waimea Bay, when a shark bit his left leg at about 10:30am this morning.

According to Honolulu Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services, the injured surfer was helped to the beach by a friend and other surfers who had applied a surfboard leash as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding caused by the shark bite.  Emergency personnel took the man to a trauma center once he reached shore.

Bethany Hamilton was attacked by a Tiger Shark surfing in Hawaii and lost her arm in 2003 and became a professional surfer anyway.
Bethany Hamilton was attacked by a Tiger Shark surfing in Hawaii and lost her arm in 2003 and became a professional surfer anyway.

It’s being reported that the man’s left leg was severed during the attack, but city officials could not confirm the details of the injury.

Local lifeguards are informing surfers in the area of the shark attack and advising them to get out of the water.  Warning signs have been posted at all nearby beaches.

Leftovers beach, where the attack occurred.
Leftovers beach, where the attack occurred.

It is currently unknown what species of shark it was that attacked the surfer, but a Tiger Shark is suspected.

This was the 5th shark attack on a human in 2015 in Hawaii.

Hawaii News Now is reporting a string of shark attacks recently including:

  • On September 20th, man received a severe leg injury to a man on the Big Island while spearfishing
  • On April 29, a 65-year-old woman was killed while snorkeling off Maui’s Ahihi Bay. The woman was in 20- to 35-foot-deep waters, and was about 200 yards offshore.
  • On March 18, a 60-year-old man suffered cuts to his forearm, left arm and thigh while standing in 4-foot-deep water off Hapuna Beach on the Big Island. Authorities said the man was bit by a 8- to 10-foot-long tiger shark.
  • On Jan. 27, a 20-year-old Maui man was bit by a shark he had caught while fishing in Lahaina.
Leftovers, where the attack occurred, is circled in black.
Leftovers, where the attack occurred, is circled in black.

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