Apparent shark attack reported off Big Island

KAILUA-KONA — A woman, reported to be in her 70s, was taken to the hospital Saturday morning after what appears to be a shark-bite incident.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement in conjunction with Hawai‘i County authorities placed shark warning signs, one-mile on either side of Anaeho‘omalu Bay on the Kohala Coast at Waikoloa, after the woman was injured around 8 a.m.

The captain of an ocean-sports vessel reported the incident after hearing calls for help coming from near a channel marker, an estimated 600 feet offshore. A tender from the Spirit of Aloha tour vessel was used to take the woman to shore, where she was transported to North Hawai‘i Community Hospital in Waimea.

The DLNR does not release names or medical conditions of victims.

A Hawai‘i Fire Department helicopter flew over the area and its crew did not spot any shark activity. In keeping with standard protocols, shark-warning signs will remain in place until noon today, after HFD does another surveillance flight.

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