Kona man bitten by shark


A shark attacked a man Tuesday afternoon in waters off a Kona beach, police said.

A 29-year-old Kailua-Kona man was snorkeling about 20 yards offshore shortly before 1 p.m. when he spotted a shark in waters off Kekaha Kai State Park, also known as Kona Coast State Park.

As the man was swimming to shore, the shark bit him on the right thigh and right calf and then released him.

The swimmer made it to shore, where a Fire Department helicopter took him to Kona Community Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

A 12-14-foot tiger shark was sighted in the area shortly after the attack. The park was closed to the public until further notice.

See Wednesday’s Tribune-Herald for more on this story.

 

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