VIDEO: Shark Bumps Swimmer, South Side Ocean Safety Crews RespondJanuary 25, 2012, 5:11 PM HST · Updated January 25, 9:47 PM 0 Comments
By Wendy Osher
Ocean Safety crews on Maui were busy partolling the south Maui shoreline today as they responded to two separate incidents: one involving a shark encounter, and another involving the search for a missing kayaker last seen on Tuesday.
Kamaole Beach Parks I, II, and III as well as neighboring beaches along the south Maui shoreline were closed to swimmers after a shark reportedly bumped a swimmer near Kamaole III earlier today. Ocean safety officers responded and no injuries were reported.
County officials say the shark was described as a 12-14 foot tiger shark.
There were also jet skis and a rescue helicopter scanning the area encompassing the south Maui coastline for a missing kayaker last seen yesterday. The man’s empty kayak was found yesterday in about 60 feet of water off of the Whale Sanctuary in Kihei.
The land and air search was launched by the Maui Fire Department’s Ladder-14 from Wailea, Rescue-10 from Kahului, and the Fire Department’s Air-1 helicopter.