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Tiger shark bites body boarder off the Big Island

December 12, 2013
The Associated Press

PAHALA, Hawaii (AP) - A body boarder on the Big Island has been bitten by a shark.

State and county officials say a 29-year-old Captain Cook man reported that a shark bit him after 8 a.m. Wednesday while he was body boarding between Ninole and Punaluu Beach Park.

Big Island police said in a statement the man was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries at Kau Hospital.

Two friends who were body boarding with him said the shark was a 10- to 12-foot-long tiger shark.

Hawaii County lifeguards closed nearby Punaluu Beach Park. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said the beach will reopen at noon today if there are no further shark sightings in the area.



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