A shark attack Saturday on a 44-year-old swimmer off Lanikai Beach, Oahu, was the sixth attack in Hawaiian waters this year, and the second off Oahu in eight days.
The unidentified man was hospitalized in critical condition with severe injuries to his legs and feet. He had been swimming toward shore from the Mokulua Islands, at about 11:40 a.m., when the stark struck about 100 yards from the beach.
Local resident resident Mike Dilks paddled out on a surfboard to help after he heard yelling from the water. “I yelled in, ‘Call 911! Shark attack! We need a tourniquet!’ ” Dilks told Hawaii News Now.
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The man, who was bitten on both legs, was bleeding and in shock when he was brought ashore. A rope was used as a tourniquet until energy medical personnel arrived.
“I talked to him. I asked him what his name was,” Dilks said. “He remembered his name, but he wasn’t real responsive.”
The man remains hospitalized at Queens Medical Center. A second reported attack on Saturday (mentioned in the video) turned out to have most likely involved an eel, not a shark.
Lanikai Beach, considered by many to be one of the world’s premier beaches, was temporarily closed to swimmers and surfers after the attack.
On Oct. 9, a 25-year-old surfer was attacked by a shark on Oahu’s North Shore, at a surfing spot called Leftovers. He suffered the loss of a leg as a result of the bite.
The other four 2015 attacks occurred on Jan. 27 off Lahaina, Maui; March 18 off Hapuna Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii; April 29 off Maui’s Ahihi Bay, and on Sept. 20 off Kohala, Hawaii.
The April 29 attack resulted in the death of a 65-gar-old woman.
Tiger sharks most likely were involved in each incident.
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