Shark kills woman off Maui, prompts beach closures
HONOLULU (AP) — A shark has killed a 65-year-old woman in an attack off the shore of Maui.
Maui Fire Department said in a statement Wednesday that an unresponsive woman was taken from the water at a popular surfing spot about a mile south of Big Beach, Makena State Park on Hawaii’s island of Maui.
Injuries on the victim’s torso suggest she was attacked by a shark, the department said.
So far, there are no reported witnesses of the attack. Crews cleared the water and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources closed local waters to swimmers.
Maui fire officials say the woman was found by snorkelers about 200 yards from shore. First responders attempted lifesaving efforts but were unsuccessful.