Shark kills woman off popular Maui beach

30 Apr 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Shark kills woman in Hawaii; sightings prompt warnings in SoCal.

A shark attack Wednesday that killed a 65-year old woman — Hawaii’s third fatal encounter since 2013 — prompted officials in Maui to close several beaches, and sightings in California spurred warnings on popular beaches. Other snorkelers found her floating face down about 200 yards off-shore and pulled her from the sea, but she had suffered severe injuries to her upper torso. In California’s Orange County, two 5- to 6-foot sharks described as “juveniles” were spotted swimming just beyond the surf line at a public beach, prompted officials to issue warnings Wednesday, according to Chief Joe Bailey of the Seal Beach Marine Safety Department. Kekoa Kaluhiwa, first deputy director of state Department of Land and Natural Resources, said at a news conference in Honolulu that the incident is being investigated.

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