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Swimmer reports shark bite off Hawaii coast

Posted Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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Maui officials say a 61-year-old man was taken to a hospital after telling them he had been bitten by a shark.

Officials say firefighters responded Wednesday to a youth center, where they found the man outside with a wounded foot.

He told them he was swimming about 200 yards offshore when he was bitten on his left foot by a gray shark between 6- and 8-feet long.

Officials say the man swam to shore and walked to the center. He had as many as six cuts on his foot.

Responders provided first aid and the man was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center.

KITV (http://is.gd/nGyiWm ) reports the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources was planning to close a 2-mile section at Paia Bay to assess the presence of sharks. The area could reopen at noon.

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