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Oregon man, 61, bitten by shark off Kihei

Published On: Nov 30 2012 11:33:15 AM HST
Updated On: Nov 30 2012 05:51:59 PM HST

Authorities in Maui close beach after a man is attacked by a shark. 

KIHEI, Hawaii -

Maui police say a 61-year-old man from Lake Oswego, Ore. was bitten Friday morning on his left calf in waters off Kihei by what he described as a 10-feet-long shark.

The man was snorkeling about 250 yards offshore of 1750 Halama Street at around 9:35 a.m.

After he was bitten, the man got up on his paddleboard and was escorted to shore by family and some local canoe club members.

A preliminary investigation reveals that the man sustained a deep laceration to his left calf.  Medical personnel who responded confirmed the injuries were consistent with a shark bite.

Authorities said the victim was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment.

Officials closed the beach from Kamaole III to Waipuilani Park following the incident.

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