A 61 year-old man reported to first responders that he was bitten by a shark Wednesday evening. At 5:27 p.m. Maui Fire Department crews from Pa’ia were dispatched to the Paia Youth Center at 65 Puna Road as a medical first responder for a possible shark bite. When they arrived, they found the injured man seated in the grassy area of the Youth Center.
The male stated that he was swimming approximately 200 yards off shore when he was bitten on his left foot by what he described as a gray, six to eight-foot shark. He swam to shore under his own power and walked to the location he was found. Patient had a total of five or six lacerations to his left foot, with the longest being about six inches. Fire personnel provided first aid to his wounds.
The man, whose identity and home town have not been released, was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable, non life threatening condition.
Police and enforcement officers from DLNR remained on the scene to scout for signs of a shark.