According to a County of Maui press release just sent out, a 16-year-old girl was injured in Kahana this morning in what county officials are calling a “possible shark attack,” which prompted a closing of the beach. Here’s the details straight from the release:
The incident took place fronting a condominium located at 4401 Lower Honoapiilani Road at around 10 a.m., a third of a mile north of the surf area known as “S-turns.” Maui County Ocean Safety and Maui Fire Department officers reported the victim having lacerations to her lower left calf, and described the wound as a three to five inch missing “flap” or avulsion.
Ocean Safety and State Department of Land and Natural Resources officials are treating this incident as a possible shark attack and have closed the beach, even though no shark has been actually sighted.
In 2004, a shark killed Willis “Will” McInnis in the S-Turns area. According to the Honolulu Advertiser story at the time of the attack, witnesses said McInniss, 57, “suffered a 14-inch bite wound in his upper right thigh and died of blood loss before he could be brought to shore.”