(BIVN) – A woman was reportedly bitten by a shark in Kealakekua Bay today, and officials are urging caution in the area until the all clear is given.
The Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources reported the following information:
Shark warning signs are being posted on both sides of Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park. This after a female swimmer was reportedly bitten by a shark this morning on the Napo’opo’o side of the bay in West Hawaii.
Following standard shark incident protocol, the warning signs will remain in place until at least 12pm tomorrow. Two operators at the bay are being asked to keep people out of the water until an all clear is given. DLNR has no further details about this incident.
Hawai’i Police provided this information following the incident:
On (August 20) at approximately 8:00 a.m., a 27-year-old female reported that she was bitten by a shark while swimming in waters off of Napoopoo Park in Kealakekua Bay. She received injuries to her lower back and right hip area and was transported to the Kona Community Hospital where she received treatment. She was reported to be in good health and is expected to be released.
The shark was described by a witness as having a grey tip. It’s size and the type of shark is currently unknown. Swimmers are being advised to avoid the area of Kealakekua Bay.