Tourist, 35, suffers horrific shark bite to her torso as she swims 100 yards off the coast of Maui in Hawaii
- The visiting woman was swimming Thursday about 100 yards from shore in Lahaina when she was reportedly attacked by a shark
- Surfers helped her back to shore and she was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where she was in stable condition Friday
- Officials put up shark warning signs by Honokowai Beach Park and discouraged beachgoers from entering the water
- In 2020 the Hawaiian Islands have seen two prior injuries from shark attacks, and a shark off Maui bit the tail of a stand-up paddleboard
The 35-year-old visitor to Hawaii was swimming about 100 yards from shore near the Mahina Surf Condominiums in Lahaina on Thursday afternoon.
A companion spotted a fin in the water and later told officials that a shark bit the woman, according to a statement from Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).
Surfers helped her back to shore, where the woman was alert despite the serious injury, officials told KHON.
Responders from the Maui County Fire Department, who were called to a possible drowning, found the woman had sustained ‘severe trauma,’ CNN reported.
Her companion spotted a fin and later told officials that a shark bit the woman, who was taken to shore by surfers before being transported to a hospital (file photo)
A 35-year-old woman visiting from California was swimming about 100 yards off Lahaina in West Maui on Thursday afternoon when she was apparently bitten by a shark, an attack that caused a severe injury to her torso
The woman, who has not been named, was rushed to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where she was listed in stable condition Friday.
As of Saturday the woman was still at the hospital, an employee there told the Daily Mail.
Following the apparent shark attack, officers from the DLNR put up shark warning signs on beaches from Kahana Village Vacation Rentals to Papakea Resort on the west coast of Maui, about 2 miles of beachfront.
Beachgoers were discouraged from entering the water as officials patrolled beaches to detect any further shark presence in the day following the apparent attack.
Officials have since taken down the signs, according to KHON.
Officials with the DLNR will conduct a further investigation into the incident, which marks the third time in 2020 that a person was injured by a shark in waters off Hawaii, according to the state agency’s records.
Following the incident, officials put up shark warning signs and discouraged beachgoers from entering the waters on a two-mile stretch surrounding Lahaina, on the west coast of Maui
Neither of the two prior incidents were off Maui, though in February a shark bit the tail of a stand-up paddleboard about 300 yards from the Maui coast.
Last year, 11 people were bitten by sharks near the Hawaiian Islands, according to the DLNR.
Of those one man, vacationer Thomas Smiley, 65, of Granite Bay, Calif., was killed while swimming off Maui after a shark ripped off his left leg below the knee.
Thomas Smiley, of Granite Bay, Calif., (pictured) died after he was attacked by a shark while swimming in Maui in February 2019
A witness said a shark ripped off Smiley’s right leg at the knee. He was the only person to die from a shark attack in Hawaii last year, while five people died in shark attacks worldwide
Worldwide, the International Shark Attack File confirmed 64 unprovoked and 41 provoked shark attacks on people in 2019.
Five of those 2019 shark attacks were fatal, just above the worldwide yearly average of four.