Shark attacks, badly injures man on stand-up paddle board in Hawaii April 02, 2018
First shark attack on Big Island of Hawaii since 2015. Man on stand up paddle board badly injured.
(HONOLULU) – A shark attack Saturday morning badly injured a 25-year old man in Hawaii who was on the water in a stand up paddle board when the animal attacked.
KHON TV in Honolulu said the victim is a resident of a private community on the Big Island of Hawaii at the Kukio Golf and Beach Club.
The TV station report said the attack took place at 9:30 am Saturday at Kukio Beach on the west coast. “The fire department said a man was stand up paddle boarding with his father about 100-150 yards offshore when the shark swam up,” said the TV report.
A fire department Captain told the station,"Apparently they (a private safety team that was at the beach at the time) had heard a scream from the ocean and they took a four man canoe out to find a male individual who had been bumped off his paddle board...they recovered him from the ocean. He had injuries to his right side extremities.”
On the beach, bystanders and safety team members cared for the man’s wounds, applying multiple tourniquets before paramedics arrived. The victim was air-lifted to North Hawaii Community Hospital where he was to undergo surgery.
The last time there was a shark attack on the Big Island was in 2015 when four people were injured in several incidents.