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Woman Bitten to Death by Shark off Maui Swam Every Day: Brother

Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 07:56 PM

A 65-year-old woman bitten to death by a shark while snorkeling off the Hawaiian island of Maui loved the ocean and went swimming every day, her brother said on Thursday.

Maui County police said in a statement that Margaret Cruse of the local community of Kihei was found floating in the waters of Ahihi Kinau Bay on Wednesday morning and had injuries consistent with a shark attack.

Rescuers failed to resuscitate her, police said. It was the first fatal shark attack in Hawaii since 2013.

Cruse, who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, had lived for the past dozen years in Maui where she had many friends, her brother, Bill Cruse, said in a phone interview from Redding, California.

"I have no regrets for her, she did what she wanted to do," said Cruse, a retired police officer. "She loved animals. Accidents happen, and I think she was aware that nature can be a hard thing sometimes."

He added that his sister loved the water and snorkeling.

"She went every morning ... she was never afraid of anything in the ocean because she did it so often," he said.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a statement that officials temporarily closed a stretch of water along the shoreline in the area.

Authorities did not say what type of shark attacked Cruse.

The statement from police did not describe her injuries, but her brother said he heard she had bite marks on her face, upper torso and arm, which was nearly severed.

No one is known to have witnessed the attack.

Savitri Carlson, who is part of a swim group The Maui Mermaids that Cruse swam with, said in a phone interview she was in the water when Cruse was bitten nearby, but did not see the attack.

"She was a very experienced and cautious swimmer," Carlson said. "This was a freak accident, not a lack of caution."

The last two fatal shark attacks in Hawaii occurred in 2013 in the same area off the coast of Maui where Cruse died. That year, a man fishing from a kayak was bitten to death by a shark and a German tourist had her arm bitten off by a shark and later died in a hospital.

University of Florida researchers said shark attacks killed three people worldwide in 2014. (Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Will Dunham and Sandra Maler)

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