North Maui shoreline reopened after shark encounter

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:47:12 AM HST   Updated On: Oct 24 2013 03:57:47 PM HST
WAILUKU, Hawaii -

State officials have closed a North Maui shoreline due to an injury from a shark on Wednesday, according to a Maui County spokesman.

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Shane Mills, 45, came into contact with a shark while swimming about 100 yards offshore from Kukona Place off of Waiehu Beach Road at around 4 p.m.

Mills was swimming in the middle of Kaehu Bay off the mouth of Paukukalo Stream, according to state land officials.  He dove down and felt something hit his left upper torso and buttocks.

Mills elbowed and kicked off the shark, which he described as about 4-to-6-feet-long with a gray and white dorsal fin.

A witness on the shore saw the man swim out, saw a splash and then saw a man swimming back, looking behind him to see if the shark would follow.

Mills suffered several lacerations to his lower back, according to fire officials. County officials say he is OK and talking.  He was treated by medics at the scene and drove himself to the hospital.

State officials closed the area between the Y Hata building and the surf spot known as "Sand Piles."

At 6:28 a.m. Thursday, state officers saw a 6-foot-long shark about 50 yards offshore between Paukukalo and Waiehu.  It disappeared and was not seen again.

The shoreline was reopened at noon Thursday.

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