INJURED – 30 November 2012 – Kihei, Maui, Hawaii – snorkeller bitten
Thomas Floyd Kennedy, 61, was bitten on the thigh and lower left leg by a shark while snorkelling off Kihei, Maui, Hawaii. The incident happened around 9.40am about 250 metres offshore near Kihei.
The victim was treated on shore and taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center.
“Initially it didn’t hurt so much. It was mostly just fear of a second attack,” he was quoted as saying.
He said he was snorkelling with two others. They rode paddle boards to a spot more than 250 metres off the Kihei coastline.
Kennedy said he felt a tug and looked down to see his leg in the shark’s mouth.
“It released me. So I started swimming as fast as I could. I would guess I was a still a hundred yards from my board,” he said. “As I went further, I started to bleed. I could see a string of blood, which was my next concern.”
Crew from Wailea Canoe Club who were in the water at the time helped him to shore.
Kennedy and experts reckon it was 10 foot tiger shark that bit him.
Screen grab from Maui News video