UPDATE: Shark attack victim, 65, suffered 12-inch bite

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KAILUA-KONA — A 65-year-old California visitor was hospitalized Tuesday following a reported shark attack in waters off Anaehoomalu Bay in South Kohala.

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All beaches in the vicinity will remain closed until further notice, Civil Defense said. The attack occurred around 8:30 a.m. in the bay fronting the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

Department of Land and Natural Resources spokesman Dan Dennison said the victim was a 65-year-old woman visiting from California.

She was reportedly bitten by a 5-foot black-tip reef shark at Anaehoomalu Bay, Dennison said.

The Hawaii Fire Department said the woman was brought to shore in a kayak by bystanders after the incident that occurred several hundred yards offshore.

She suffered a bite to her right upper thigh that was approximately 12 inches in diameter.

“The patient does not remember events prior to being bitten,” the department said in a press release.

The woman was airlifted to North Hawaii Community Hospital for treatment. She was last reported to be in stable condition.

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KAILUA-KONA — A reported shark attack in waters off Anaehoomalu Bay in South Kohala has prompted the closure of all beaches in the vicinity.

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Civil Defense said in the 9:15 a.m. message that the attack occured around 8:30 a.m. No additional information was immediately available.

The beaches in the vicinity will remain closed until further notice.

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