Man swims to safety after being attacked by shark on Hawaii’s Big Island


A 60-year-old man was attacked by a shark while swimming in Anaehoomalu Bay in Hawaii on Sunday, local officials said.

The man was about 200 yards offshore when he was attacked by the shark around 12:40 p.m. HST, according to a news release from Hawaii Fire and Rescue.

The man was able to swim to a catamaran and the crew helped him out of the water, the release said.

The crew helped contain the man’s bleeding before rescuers arrived on the scene, according to officials. First responders took a private boat “to transport the patient from the catamaran to the beach where HFD personnel are waiting,” the release said.

The man was taken to North Hawaii Hospital with bite wounds on his left hand and the back of his leg, Fire and Rescue said. His current condition is unknown.

Anaehoomalu Bay – also known as A-Bay – is located on the west shore of the Big Island. The scenic area is a popular place for leisure activities such as snorkeling.

Authorities said they did not know the size or species of the shark involved in Sunday’s attack.

Overall, the risk of being attacked by a shark remains low. There were 73 confirmed unprovoked shark bites and 39 confirmed provocative bites worldwide in 2021, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File.

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