Maui Shark Attacks: 2 Victims Reported In One Week

    August 5, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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Maui is a lovely, tranquil place that seems like home no matter where you’re from; largely known as a honeymoon destination, it’s also a wonderful place to get away and relax. This week, however, has been a bad week for the island, as two people have reported violent shark attacks on two different beaches.

Kiowa Gatewood was surfing off Oahu’s White Plains Beach last Sunday when he says he was attacked by a tiger shark.

“I was sitting on my board, when all of a sudden I saw this shark come out of the water and grab my leg,” the 19-year-old said. “From there, I had this instinct to like, hit it with my left hand and then it let go and turned around and swam away.”

Gatewood has undergone surgery and is now recovering. But on Wednesday, Evvone Cashman said she was swimming about 30 feet from shore at Ulua Beach in Wailea when a massive shark swam up, bit her, and then swam away. She said everything happened so fast, and the water was so murky, that she didn’t even get a good look at the creature. She suffered a 15-inch gash on her spine and injuries to her hands.

“I must have had my hands up in front of my face. I think my head was above water, if I remember correctly. I don’t know because it happened so fast. I didn’t see him coming. I didn’t see him leave. He just came and hit me hard and bit me hard and I just took off to the shore as fast as I could,” Cashman said.

Doctors believe, by the size of the wounds, that Cashman was attacked by a 25-foot shark. The beach was closed right after the attack but reopened the next day.

  • Karri Jakubek

    This is a rather misleading article as it states Maui had “two violent” shark attacks. The first shark encounter was off the island of Oahu not Maui. The second shark bite occurred off of Maui and the shark was not seen by anyone, it was only estimated by the doctors that the shark was 20-25 ft. The first shark attack happened the day of Tropical Storm Flossie when a surfer was catching waves generated by the storm. The second on Maui happened just after the storm when the water was choppy and murky, not a time to be in the water. Luckily no one was seriously injured but this happens when people enter the ocean in bad conditions.

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