Kona Shark Attack 10/01/99

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
KONA PATROL DIVISION
SERGEANT BRADLEY K. MAIN
PHONE: 326-4208
OCTOBER 1, 1999
G-07456

MEDIA RELEASE

A 16-year-old boy was attacked by a shark Friday (October 1, 1999) while surfing in waters off the Old Kona Airport Park.

Responding to a 6:26 p.m. call, police and fire rescue personnel learned that the boy was attacked by a shark 6 to 8 feet long near the South Pavilion.

The juvenile suffered severe lacerations to his upper right arm and a gouge in his right forearm.

He was taken to the Kona Community Hospital in guarded condition.

The County Civil Defense Agency closed the beach area from the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center through Kona Bay Estates until further notice. The State Department of Land and Natural Resources was scheduled to look for the shark Saturday morning.

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