Shark Bites Off Woman's Arm in Maui

20-year-old tourist was snorkeling

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 15, 2013 12:23 PM CDT

(Newser) – A third shark attack has been reported off Maui in as many weeks; in the latest case, a 20-year-old woman lost her right arm. Maui Now reports that the German tourist was snorkeling about 150 feet from the shore at Palauea Beach yesterday afternoon when the shark attacked, severing her arm. A witness describes hearing an "unbelievable scream like I’ve never heard before." She says the woman was pulled from the water after about 10 minutes and appeared to have a bite on her foot as well.

Beaches were closed for one mile in either direction of the attack; officials are today determining whether they can reopen. The Star-Advertiser reports it's the fifth shark attack to strike Maui this year.

  (Dan OBrien)
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