A 58-year-old Kansas man was bit by a 10-12 foot tiger shark today at Hapuna Beach State Park. Beaches from Waialea to Mauna Kea were immediately evacuated as the shark continued to stay in the Hapuna Beach surf line area.
The Kansas man had been snorkeling with his family, along with several other beach-goers at the south end of the beach when the shark attacked him. He was helped out of the water by numerous bystanders and brought to shore where he had bite marks and lacerations on his forearm and upper leg.
He was transported to North Hawaii Community Hospital to the Queen's Medical Center on Oahu and is in stable condition. Helicopters continued to track the shark's path all afternoon.
Below is the report from the Hawaii Police Dept:
A Kansas man suffered a shark attack Wednesday (March 18) at Hapuna Beach Park.
In response to an 11:46 a.m. call, South Kohala officers responded to Hapuna Beach and learned that a 58-year-old man from Overland Park, Kansas, had been snorkeling with family at the south point of the beach when a shark bit him on the arm. He was assisted to shore and taken to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital, where he was treated for severe lacerations to his left forearm and injury to his left thigh.
Swimmers were evacuated from the waters.