Big Island beach closed due to shark bite

Published On: Dec 11 2013 11:53:00 AM HST

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PAHALA, Hawaii -

Big Island police are investigating a shark bite that occurred Wednesday at Punalu'u in the area of Punalu'u Beach and Ninole Bay on the southeastern side of the island.

At approximately 8 a.m., a 29-year-old Captain Cook man reported being bitten by a shark while body boarding in the area of Ninole Bay, which is just south of Punalu'u Beach Park.

Officers contacted the victim at Ka'u Hospital, where he was being treated for his non-life-threatening injuries. The victim reported being approximately 20 yards off shore in water 8-feet-deep when the shark bite occurred.  State land officials say the man was hit and knocked off his board by a shark. 

He was body boarding with two friends, who identified the shark as being a tiger shark 10-to-12-feet-long.

The victim is expected to be released from the hospital after treatment.

The beach was closed and is expected to remain closed until noon Thursday.

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