A 25-year-old paddle-boarder was hospitalized in critical condition with multiple wounds after getting bitten by a shark Saturday morning near one of Hawaii’s exclusive, white-sand resort areas, Fox News reports.
The attack happened around 9:30 a.m. local time at the beach in Kukio, which is considered to be a crown jewel along Hawaii’s gorgeous Kona Coast.
We’re told the victim is a resident of the community at Kukio Golf and Beach Club.
Fire officials said the unidentified man was stand-up paddle boarding with his dad about 100-150 yards offshore, KHON-TV reported.
The victim was flown to North Hawaii Community Hospital with multiple injuries to a hand and a leg. A hospital spokeswoman said the man was undergoing surgery.
The beach had no county lifeguards on duty, but a private safety team was present, KHON reported.
“Apparently they had heard a scream from the ocean and they took a four man canoe out to find a male individual who had been bumped off his paddle board about 100-150 yards offshore,” Fire Capt. Michael Grace said. “They recovered him from the ocean. He had injuries to his right side extremities. The bystanders and the staff there at Kukio did a wonderful job and applied some tourniquets before EMS arrived.”
People on the beach were reportedly able to apply multiple tourniquets to his right arm and leg before paramedics arrived.
The beach in the area was closed after the attack, KHON reported.
Details about the shark were not immediately available.
According to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the last time there was a shark attack on the Big Island was in 2015.
YouTube video courtesy of KHON2 News
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim, his family and friends.
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