A 25-year-old man was the victim of a shark attack while paddleboarding off the coast of Hawaii over the weekend, and suffered severe injuries.
The young man was attacked while he was stand-up paddleboarding about 100-150 yards off the Big Island’s popular Kona Coast, KHON2 reports. To make matters worse, there were apparently no county lifeguards patrolling the beach at the time, so a private safety team from Kukio Golf and Beach Club has been held responsible for rescuing the man.
The species of shark has not been identified.
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“Apparently they had heard a scream from the ocean and they took a four man canoe out to find a male individual who had been bumped off his paddle board about 100 – 150 yards offshore,” Fire Capt. Michael Grace said. “They recovered him from the ocean. He had injuries to his right side extremities. The bystanders and the staff there at Kukio did a wonderful job and applied some tourniquets to severe injuries on his right hand and leg before EMS arrived.”
According to the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the last time there was a shark attack on the Big Island was in 2015.
The 25-year-old was last listed in critical condition.