KONA, Hawaii - On Saturday morning, March 31, 2018, a 25-year-old man was paddle boarding off the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii and was attacked by a shark. According to reports by Big Island Now the man was paddling about 100 to 150 yards offshore when he was attacked.
The attack happened just outside the Kukio resort on the west side of the Big Island and the man was flown by helicopter to the hospital where he remains in critical condition. According to a report from Hawaii News Now, the man is said to have lost a limb in the attack. While it’s unclear what species of shark attacked the man it’s very likely that it was a Tiger Shark as these sharks are known to be aggressive and the usual culprit in this area.
Aerial view of Kukio in Kona, Hawaii. | Photo: Shutterstock
The beach was closed following the incident and will remain so for 24 hours following the attack.
Stay tuned for more on this attack as more information becomes available.