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Shark Attack, Then Eel Attack Keep Hawaiian Rescuers Busy

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By    |   Monday, 19 Oct 2015 09:38 AM

A shark attack and separate eel attack injured two people in the waters off Hawaii over the weekend.
 
The first attack occurred around 11:40 a.m. Saturday off Lanikai on Hawaii's main island of Oahu. Paramedics arrived to a residence to tend to a 44-year-old who suffered injuries to his lower legs, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The Honolulu Fire Department said the injured man and another were swimming from the Mokulua Islands to Lanikai when he was attacked from 50 to 100 yards from shore.
 
A person on a one-man outrigger spotted the injured man in the water and brought him to shore while other bystanders made a tourniquet to stem the bleeding until emergency personnel arrived on the scene.
 
"I didn't realize the severity of his injuries until we pulled him out of the water," Mike Dilks, one of the bystanders who helped the injured man and contacted emergency crews, told Hawaii News Now. "I yelled to the firefighters, two leg . . . two legs shark attack. Injuries were pretty extreme, both legs, just above the ankle were just hanging on."
 
The second attack happened around 7 p.m. Saturday when a 33-year-old swimmer was bitten on the left foot near Waikiki Beach, KHON-TV reported. The swimmer was listed in serious condition at the scene before being transported to Queen's Medical Center.
 
The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources reported Sunday morning that the victim sustained an eel bite and not a shark bite as originally thought.
 
The second victim said, according to the Star-Advertiser, that he was surfing in the Waikiki area when he fell off the board and felt the pain of a bite on his foot. The newspapers reported that there were no lifeguards on the scene but bystanders used towels to stop the victim's bleeding.
 
Hawaii News Now said there have been six shark attacks near the Hawaiian islands this year and the second near Oahu in the last eight days. On Oct. 8, Colin Cook, 25, lost his left leg and some fingers on his left hand in a shark attack while surfing off Oahu's north shore.
 
He was listed in critical condition when he was admitted to the hospital, noted Hawaii News Now.
 

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