Shark bites man, 60, off Kauai's Pakala Village

Published On: Dec 05 2012 04:11:22 PM HST   Updated On: Dec 06 2012 09:04:39 AM HST

Kauai County officials say a 60-year-old man from Kalaheo was bitten by a shark at a surf break known as "Pakala's" near Pakala Village Wednesday.

It happened at around 1:20 p.m. when the man was surfing with two friends.

The man, identified by friends as "Lorrin," was transported to Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital with a private vehicle from a resident in nearby .  He sustained injuries to his left foot.

The man said he saw the shark biting his food and estimated the length of the shark to be 10-feet-long.

State Department of Land and Natural Resources Conservation Enforcement posted shark warning signs on an approximate half-mile stretch of the at the beach.

Per standard protocol the signs will remain up until noon Thursday.  Officers were on the beach Wednesday afternoon to warn the public.  Thursday morning officers will return and assess the beach for any shark sighting.  If nothing is seen, the signs will come down at noon.

This is the third reported shark incident on Kauai.  A previous shark incident took place on Nov. 4 at Davidson's Beach in Kekaha.  A surfer’s board was bit, but there was no injury to him.  Another incident took place on July 30.

Pakala Village


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