Shark attack off Lanikai Beach leaves swimmer with serious leg injuries

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Warning signs will remain posted in Lanikai until noon Sunday after Saturday’s shark attack that left a swimmer with serious leg injuries.

Another shark attack on Oahu, this time at Lanikai Beach Saturday morning, nearly 200 yards from shore.

This is now the sixth shark attack in Hawaii this year and the second on Oahu this month.

The call came in at 11:40 a.m. for an injured swimmer. It was reported that a 44-year-old man and another male of an unknown age were swimming to shore from the Mokulua Islands when the 44-year-old was attacked by a shark.

People who rushed to help the swimmer say two men in canoes helped both swimmers.

Lanikai resident Jim Cobb said “there were two skilled swimmers coming in together and the first guy got hit and there was a father and son (canoeing) and they brought him in.”

A group of people were waiting at the beach to help the swimmer. A man who called 911 said they used a jump rope to put a tourniquet on him.

Joey Montano said the swimmer was conscious, but he looked very pale and didn’t appear to be bleeding anymore. The 44-year-old swimmer suffered serious injuries to his legs. “They were hanging on by just threads, from just above his ankle,” Montano said.

Mike Dilkes lives in Lanikai and paddled out to help the swimmer. He was there when the man was brought to the beach.

Dilkes said the man was not speaking, but he did know his name. “He was there enough to give eye contact, but there wasn’t much more.”

Honolulu fire personnel treated the 44-year-old man and transferred patient care to EMS at 11:51 a.m. The patient was then transported to the hospital in serious condition.

The other swimmer was not injured.

HFD personnel assisted Ocean Safety lifeguards in notifying and clearing swimmers from the Kailua, Lanikai and Mokulua Beach areas, ending in Waimanalo.

KHON2 was told the attack could’ve been from either a reef shark or a tiger shark.

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