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Posted: Saturday, November 1st, 2003 12:11 PM HST

Shark attack victim remains in stable condition

By Associated Press

(Lihue-AP) -- A 13-year-old girl who lost her left arm in a shark attack off Kauai remains in stable condition today.

Bethany Hamilton, a well-known surfer in Kauai who was expected to go pro, was attacked in clear waters in an area known as Tunnels a quarter-mile off Makua Beach near Haena.

Ocean safety officials say beaches in the North Shore area are expected to remain closed until this afternoon while lifeguards continue to keep a lookout for sharks.

Witnesses told firefighters that Hamilton was lying on her board in clear water when the shark attacked about 7-30 a-m yesterday.

The size of the bite was estimated to be 16-inches-by-8-inches wide, suggesting the attack was done by a shark up to 15 feet long.

Hamilton is the fourth shark attack victim this year. Officials say the state averages about three to four attacks per year.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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