MAKENA, MAUI – At 8:58 a.m. today, Maui firefighters received a call for an unresponsive female pulled from the ocean.
Wailea firefighters arrived at 9:12 a.m. at a popular surf spot known as ‘Dumps’, about a mile south of Oneloa (Big Beach), Makena State Park. Paramedics and Firefighters began lifesaving efforts, however, the woman, a 65-yr-old Kihei resident, did not survive.
Injuries found on the female victim’s upper torso, suggests she was attacked by a shark. So far, there are no reported witnesses of the shark attack. Snorkelers came upon the unresponsive female, floating face down in the water about 200 yards off-shore and pulled her from the water. The victim reportedly was snorkeling with two other friends and at some point separated from the others. She was alone when she was found.
Ocean Safety crews on rescue watercraft cleared the water of swimmers and DLNR officials have closed the waters from Big Beach to La Perouse Bay in South Maui.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has closed Makena State Park and ocean waters from Big Beach to La Perouse light house to swimmers, divers, and other ocean users. This is in response to the fatal shark bite this morning in the Kanahena Cove area of Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve. DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officers, Division of Aquatic Resources staff, and County lifeguards are on scene to investigate and warn the public. Shark warning signs are being posted. Further details about the incident are pending.
The area will be closed at least until noon tomorrow, at which time officials on the scene will assess the area for reopening.
Details about other recent shark incidents in Hawaii can be found at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/sharks/shark-incidents/incidents-list/