Woman snorkeling in Maui attacked by shark, loses arm
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 August, 2013 : - - Wailuku, Hawaii - A German woman was critically injured Wednesday in a suspected shark attack off south Maui. Maui County emergency responders say the woman’s right arm was severed as she snorkeled about 50 yards off shore at Palauea Beach.
The woman, who is about 20 years old, was helped to shore by two male friends and a kayaker and rushed to Maui Memorial Medical Center. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the attack was the fifth off Maui this year and the eighth in Hawaii, according to state Department of Land and Natural Resources statistics. Last year saw 11 attacks, the most in a dozen years and far above the annual average of 4.75.
The woman was snorkeling at a section of the beach known as White Rock. Choppy water limited visibility. “She screamed and called for help,” said Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. “Her right arm was severed right below the shoulder,” Mainaga said. The limb was not found, he said.
The woman was unconscious when she reached the beach on the kayak. She is currently in a critical condition at Maui Medical Centre, having also been bitten on the foot
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Source: AP/Washington Post
Tags: Maui, Shark Attack, Snorkeling