A man has been transported to the hospital after what emergency responders say was a shark attack at Lanikai Beach.
The incident occurred just before noon Saturday off the popular windward Oahu shoreline.
The 44-year-old victim is in serious condition, paramedics say, and witnesses describe seeing both his feet injured.
Authorities are closing access to the water from Kailua Beach to Bellows until further notice.
This is the sixth shark attack in Hawaii so far this year, and the second on Oahu in just eight days. It was only last week Friday when 25-year-old Colin Cook, of Kawailoa, lost his left leg and some of the fingers on his left hand in a shark attack off a surf spot on Oahu’s north shore called Leftovers.
The other incidents this year were:
- On Sept. 20, a 27-year-old Kohala man suffered severe leg injuries when a 13-foot tiger shark bit him.
- On April 29, a 65-year-old woman was killed while snorkeling off Maui’s Ahihi Bay. The woman was in 20- to 35-foot-deep waters, and was about 200 yards offshore.
- On March 18, a 60-year-old man suffered cuts to his forearm, left arm and thigh while standing in 4-foot-deep water off Hapuna Beach on the Big Island. Authorities said the man was bit by a 8- to 10-foot-long tiger shark.
- On Jan. 27, a 20-year-old Maui man was bit by a shark he had caught while fishing in Lahaina.
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