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UPDATE: Shark Activity Keeps West Hawai’i Beaches Closed

March 19, 2015, 9:04 AM HST
* Updated March 19, 12:24 PM
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*** Updated at 12:25 p.m. to include new information from Hawai’i County Civil Defense. ***

A 12 p.m. Hawai’i County Civil Defense beach closure update informed that both Hapuna and Waialea Beaches will remained closed for the rest of Thursday. A morning assessment will take place on Friday to determine whether or not the beaches are safe to reopen.

*** Original story posted at 9:04 a.m. *** 

Hawai’i County Civil Defense announced Thursday morning that Hapuna and Waialea beaches continue to remain closed following observed shark activity.

On Wednesday just before noon, a 58-year-old Kansas man was attacked by a 10-12 foot Tiger shark. The shark was spotted again in the area just after 1 p.m.

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The victim was reportedly snorkeling with family when he was attacked. He suffered severe wounds to his left forearm and an injury to his left thigh.

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According to Civil Defense, an assessment will be performed later in the morning to determine whether or not the beaches are safe to be reopened.

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