Another shark incident: Minnesota man bitten while in Hawaii


A Minnesota man surfing and paddling in Hawaii was bitten by a shark, causing authorities to close the beach to swimming.

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The County of Kaua'i said on Facebook the visitor was heading to shore near a Hanalei Bay pier around 2 p.m. Thursday, and was bit by what he believes to be a shark.

Officials did not see the shark – but lifeguards found non-life threatening cuts to both of his hands.

He was treated on the scene by lifeguards, and opted to drive himself to get medical treatment.

Lifeguards posted "Shark Sighted" and "No Swimming" signs along the beach, and are warning beachgoers not to go into the water until things are re-evaluated. That could come Friday morning.

This is the second shark incident with a Minnesota man in Hawaii in the past week.

A Chanhassen man was paddleboarding in Maui with his wife, when he turned around to see a shark with its jaws clamped on the back of his board.

How common are shark attacks in Hawaii?

According to GoHawaii, since 1990 the number of shark attacks on the state’s beaches has ranged from one to 14 per year. Meanwhile, the site says, about 60 visitors per year die from drowning.

According to a list of shark incidents maintained by the state, there were 10 last year, including one in which a snorkeler was killed by a shark.

Here are some safety tips to reduce your chances of encountering a shark.

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