Shark attacks paddleboarder off Hawaiian island

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KONA, Hawaii¬† — A man was in critical condition after being attacked by a shark in waters off of Hawaii Island.

It happened just after 9:30 Saturday morning near the Four Seasons Resort at Hualalai. Firefighters and paramedics were called to Kukio Beach on the Kona Coast.

The Hawaii County Fire Department said a 25-year-old man had been paddleboarding more than 100-yards from shore when he was attacked. When first responders arrived, bystanders were treating the victim multiple tourniquets.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources said the man suffered injuries to his hand and leg. A helicopter took the man to the North Hawaii Hospital in Waimea then transferred him to the Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu.

The DLNR said beach closure signs were up near Kukio Beach and a decision to re-open the beach is scheduled to be made Sunday morning.

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