Kihei beaches reopen after officials confirm injured swimmer was likely not bit by shark

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KIHEI, Hawaii (KHON2) — Shark warning signs are being removed after a reported shark bite incident late Monday morning was confirmed to be a false alarm, according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).

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The Maui Fire Department says the 61-year-old victim was already on shore when emergency personnel arrived on scene. She was reportedly swimming just off shore when injured, and managed to make it to land on her own power.

Ocean Safety and Fire personnel treated the woman for multiple puncture wounds and lacerations to her shoulder. She was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.

Warning signs had been posted from North Kalama Park to the Kihei Boat Ramp Monday afternoon and were taken down after DLNR confirmed the injury did not appear to be the result of a shark bite. The cause of injury is still unknown.

This story was modified to reflect up-to-date information.

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