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Tiger shark bites fisherman off coast of Hawaii

Published 21/09/2015

A tiger shark has attacked a fisherman off the coast of Hawaii
A tiger shark has attacked a fisherman off the coast of Hawaii

Officials in Hawaii say a 13-foot-long tiger shark bit a Hawaii man's leg as he spearfished off the northern tip of the Big Island.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said that the 27-year-old man, from Kapaau, swam to shore after the shark attack. His fishing companion called emergency services.

The man was flown by helicopter to a hospital for surgery. His condition is not immediately known.

State officials say they did not close beaches because the attack happened in an isolated area off Upolu Point.

They warned people not to go into the ocean after heavy rains because muddy water can attract sharks.

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