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Posted: Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 11:39 AM HST

Shark attack closes Kona beach park

By 67AM KPUA News

The Mahaiula and Kua Bay sections of Kekaha Kai State Park, also known as Kona Coast State Park in Kona were closed Tuesday afternoon following a reported shark attack.

A 28-year old man said he was about 100 yards out swimming to shore at Mahaiula Beach shortly before 1:00 p.m. when he spotted a shark, which bit him on the right thigh and right calf before releasing him. The swimmer made it so shore, where a Fire Department helicopter took him to Kona Community Hospital for treatment of injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. A 12-14 foot tiger shark was sighted in the area shortly after the attack.

The areas will remain closed until further notice.



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