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Posted: Thursday, October 24th, 2013 10:25 AM HST

Section of Maui beach closed after shark attack

By 67AM KPUA News

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) Authorities have closed a section of Maui coastline after a man reported a four-to-six foot shark bit him while he was swimming in the ocean.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said Wednesday the 45-year-old was about 100 yards from shore in Kaehu Bay when he dove down and felt something hit his left upper torso and buttocks.

The man elbowed and kicked the shark, then swam to shore.

The fire department says medics treated him on the scene for several one inch cuts on his lower back. The man drove himself to the hospital.

The man says the shark was gray and had a white dorsal fin.

The state is closing beaches between Sand Piles and Y. Hata store until noon Thursday.

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