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UPDATE – The victim of the shark attack has been identified as Jimmy “Ulu Boy” Napeahi, a well known surfer in the Pohoiki community. Friends who have gone to visit Ulu Boy in the hospital report that he is in good spirits.
Respected waterman Keith “Bradda Skibs” Nehls reports on his Facebook page:
The Hawaii County Fire Department says they arrived on the scene just before 2 p.m. and found the young male being treated by a life guard at the scene. Fire crews were told he was surfing at “Dead Trees” where he was “attacked from behind by a gray colored shark, about 8 feet long.”
The fire department says the surfer “sustained multiple lacerations and puncture wounds to lower extremities.” He was treated and transported to the Pahoa Fire Station where he was transferred by helicopter to the Hilo Medical Center.
The chopper conducted an aerial survey of the coast by Pohoiki “with negative results.”
Meanwhile, news reports say shark sightings have closed beaches on the other side of Hawaii Island, at the resorts of Hapuna Beach Hotel and Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.