August 19, 2013 in Nation/World

Shark injures teen surfer off Big Island

Associated Press
 

HILO, Hawaii — Hawaii authorities say the second shark attack in the state in less than a week has left a 16-year-old surfer with several leg injuries.

The Hawaii County Fire Department said the boy suffered injuries on both legs after he was bitten Sunday afternoon southeast of Hilo. He was airlifted to Hilo Medical Center for treatment.

The boy’s condition isn’t clear. A call to the hospital’s spokeswoman was not immediately returned.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources closed ocean waters along the Pohoiki coastline after the attack.

Earlier Sunday, officials closed Hapuna Beach on the Big Island’s northwestern shore after lifeguards spotted a shark.

On Wednesday, a shark bit off the arm of a 20-year-old German tourist who was snorkeling in Maui.

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