A shark bit a 10-year-old boy off a scenic Oahu beach, officials confirmed Thursday as the state prepared for another round of giant waves from a low-pressure weather system in the Pacific.
The boy, who was bit Wednesday at Makaha Beach Park, is doing well and should be out of the hospital soon, said Dr. Bruce Anderson with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
“All evidence, including eyewitness reports, points to this being a shark bite that we had at Makaha,” Anderson said. Officials are confirming that with the International Shark Database in Gainesville, Florida, he said.
“I was on the boogie board just waiting for a wave and then it just popped out of nowhere and then bite my leg,” the boy, Raymond Senensi, told reporters Thursday at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu.
He kicked the shark in the nose, but he wasn’t afraid, he said.
Mike Ward, who was nearby, told Hawaii News Now that he captured the attack on his GoPro camera without realizing it. After putting his camera down and going over to help, he asked the boy what was wrong, to which the child responded: “A shark is following me.”
Off-duty lifeguard, Capt. Kelly Krohne, was in the water when it happened. “I paddled over, grabbed the kid; I looked at his leg. He had some significant bites to his leg. Started paddling him in. I gave the distress signal to the lifeguards that something was up,”
“Just happened to be a set wave came; caught the wave and rode it all the way to the beach. Lucky he just slid right on the beach. Ocean Safety was right there. They grabbed him, administered first aid.”
The 10-year-old was taken to Queen’s Medical Center, and Ocean Safety officials posted warning signs about sharks on the beach near the attack.
The incident marks the seventh attack in Hawaii this year and the third attack in October. Colin Cook, was bitten by a tiger shark while surfing Leftovers on October 9. Just over a week later, a man was bitten while swimming on the East Side of the island. In an effort to get away from the shark, the victim, Tony Lee, pulled out one of the shark’s eye with his fingers. It was also initially reported that another man was bitten by a shark in Waikiki that same day; that story, however, proved to be inaccurate; later reports indicate that the man was actually attacked by an eel.
Six people were attacked in Hawaii in 2014. The islands saw 12 incidents in 2013—the highest number of attacks in more than three decades. Looking farther back, Hawaii has averaged between three and six attacks a year, with only six fatalities since 1980.
Source: ABC News / Surfer