Swimmer fights off shark with diving knife as beast takes huge bite out of him
A man has sustained serious injuries in a 'brutal' shark attack in Hawaii on Tuesday, police have said.
A 68-year-old man was swimming about 400 yards offshore at Anaehoomalu Bay, in Waikoloa at around 8am when he was attacked by a shark, according to a news release from Hawaii Police Department.
Officials said the man was bitten on the lower left torso by the shark in the horrifying attack.
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Local outlet Hawaii News Now report that the attacking animal was a 12-foot tiger shark and witnesses said the man was around 50 to 70 yards offshore when the animal “got a good chunk of the left side of his back rear.”
Witness Anthony Singh said: “It was hectic, it was brutal."
Police said that the man attempted to fend the shark off with a diving knife and the animal eventually released the swimmer.
Witnesses claim to have seen paddleboarders helping the man out of the water and that he was responsive.
Police confirmed that he was assisted to the shore before being rushed to Queens North Hawaii Community Hospital by fire department workers.
They said that the man underwent treatment at the hospital for his injuries and is in stable condition.
He is now due to be transported to Oahu to continue receiving treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.
Hawaii police have since asked locals to get in touch if they have any information about the shark attack.
The incident is the second shark attack to have happened in Hawaii recently.
Last week a woman went missing and is feared dead after she and her husband reportedly got into a fight with a shark while snorkelling off the Hawaiian island of Maui.
The husband reportedly told authorities that they had both attempted to fend off a shark and that he was able to return to the shore and call 911, but couldn't find her.
The coast guard began a desperate search for the woman but after 17 search efforts they called off the hunt.
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