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Drone Captures Video of Shark Following Saturday’s Incident in Big Island Waters

January 3, 2021, 2:14 PM HST
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Drone operator Thano Genos captured footage of a shark 1500-1800 feet offshore from the beach at Lava Lava Beach Club in Waikōloa on Hawaiʻi Island, about an hour after Saturday’s apparent shark bite incident.

A woman, reported to be in her 70’s, was taken to the hospital after what appeared to be a shark bite incident reported at around 8 a.m. 

“There of course (is) no way of knowing if this was the shark involved but Mr. Genos says it is the only shark he captured images of, after an hour of shooting in the area,” said officials with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The captain of an ocean sports vessel reported the incident, after hearing calls for help coming from near a channel marker, an estimated 600-feet offshore. 

A tender from the Spirit of Aloha tour vessel was used to take the woman to shore, where she was transported to North Hawai‘i Community Hospital in Waimea.

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