Kukio Bay, Kua Bay closed following shark incident

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Kukio Bay and Kua Bay were closed after a 57-year-old swimmer was attacked by a shark in waters off the Kukio Beach Club and Cottages in the North Kona District.

The incident happened during the morning of Tuesday, April 20.

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The Department of Land and Natural Resources closed the area after reports came in that a woman encountered a shark in the water.

Though it was initially reported that the incident took place 500 yards offshore, the fire department later said the woman — who was a part of a six-man canoe — was attacked about 200 to 300 feet from shore.

The woman suffered a 2-inch puncture wound to her left knee and was taken to North Hawaii Medical Center for treatment in stable condition. 

The area will remain closed for the remainder of Tuesday.

The Hawaii Island Fire Department is expected to conduct an aerial survey Wednesday morning to determine if any closed beaches can be reopened.

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