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Teenage surfer survives shark attack off Puna coastline Sunday (Aug 18)

By Hawaii 24/7 Staff

Pohoiki Boat Ramp. Hawaii 24/7 File Photo

Pohoiki Boat Ramp. Hawaii 24/7 File Photo

Rescue crews responded to a 1:38 p.m. alarm Sunday (Aug. 18) to the Pohoiki Boat Ramp for a shark attack victim.

Crews arrived to find a 16-year-old boy being treated by life guards at the Pohoiki Boat Ramp. The victim had been surfing in an area known as ‘Dead Trees’ when he was attacked from behind by a ‘gray colored shark, about eight feet long.’

The victim sustained multiple lacerations and puncture wounds to his lower extremities. The boy was transported via medic to the Pahoa Fire Station where he was airlifted via Chopper 2 to Hilo Medical Center.

Chopper 1 performed an aerial search of the shark attack area but did not find any shark.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources ordered the beach park closed until Monday morning, when authorities will review the situation.

Also Sunday, officials closed Hapuna Beach after a report of a shark sighting.

Lifeguards reported they saw a shark at the beach Sunday morning, which was confirmed by a helicopter fly-over.

The beach was expected to be closed through the rest of the day.

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