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Woman suffers leg injuries in Maui shark attack

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A woman was taken to a hospital after she suffered leg injuries from a shark attack this morning off of Charley Young Beach in Kihei.

The attack occurred shortly before 10 a.m. According to a news release, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said the woman, a part-time Maui resident, was snorkeling in waters approximately 40 feet from the shore at a depth of seven feet when the attack occurred.

She suffered injuries to her lower left leg.

Ocean conditions were described as calm but “somewhat murky.”

Staff from the Conservation and Resources Enforcement and Division of Aquatic Resources are on the scene. Shark warning signs were posted on the Kihei coastline from Kalama Park to Kamaole Beach Park III to warn beachgoers. Signs will remain posted until noon Saturday when the waters will be reassessed.

Other shark attacks that occurred on Maui this year include:

>> Aug. 6. A stand-up paddler was paddling approximately a mile off of Hamakuapoko Beach in Paia when a tiger shark estimated at 10 feet long bit the hydrofoil of the paddleboard. There were no reports of injuries.

>> May 3: A swimmer was floating in the water approximately 40 yards from the shore at Wailea Beach when a shark attacked the swimmer. The swimmer suffered minor lacerations to the right shoulder. The length and species of the shark was unknown.

>> Mar. 31: A snorkeler was about 450 yards off of Olowalu Beach when an 8-foot tiger attacked her. The snorkeler suffered minor lacerations to her left foot.

>> Jan. 23: A stand-up paddler was paddling approximately 150 to 200 yards off of Wailea Beach when a 10-to-12 foot tiger shark bit the tail of the board. The paddler diddn’t suffer any injuries.

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