Jeff Horton, 25, was surfing with 10 others at Pila‘a Beach near Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii on Sunday 20 October 2013 when he spotted a dark shape approaching him while he was sitting on his board. He says he thought it was a stingray. He lifted his legs out the water and the shark bit into his board.
“It came flying straight toward me,” he said
He was knocked off his board and fell onto the shark. He grabbed a fin and started punching the shark, which continued to bite onto his board.
“I finally got one nice punch into the eye,” Horton was quoted as saying. “I put some really good hits on it, for sure.”
When he hit it in the eye the shark let go the board and swam away. He was not injured, although his board was left with the typical semi-circular bite mark.
It was not reported what type of shark it was or what size it was.
Jimmy “Ulu Boy” Napeahi, 16, was bitten on the legs by a shark while surfing atDead Trees, Pohoiki Beach, Big Island, Hawaii, according to a report from the Hawaiian Department of Land and Natural Resources.
The incident happened around 1.30pm on Sunday, 18 August 2013.
He sustained multiple lacerations and puncture wounds to his lower extremities. He was treated on the scene before being transported to Pahoa Fire Station, and he was then air lifted to Hilo Medical Center.
He was out there with a couple of friends and… he was chosen. He got bitten as he was going to take off, he was trying to get up, and on his way up, the shark bit him and pulled him under. He went under two times. He tried to punch the shark, and then he started to swim away.
In an update to the SharkAttackMonitor Report posted 17 August 2013 — news reports say Jana Lutteropp died in hospital a week after the shark attack off Palauea Beach in Makena, Maui, Hawaii in which she lost her arm.
“Jana fought hard to stay alive,” her relatives said on Wednesday. “However, we are sad to say that she lost her fight today.”
A 60-year-old man named only as Lorrin suffered minor injuries after being bitten on the left foot by a shark while surfing at Pakala’s on the west coast of Kauai, Hawaii. He estimated the shark to be around 10 feet.
The victim was taken to the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital.
Thomas Floyd Kennedy, 61, was bitten on the thigh and lower left leg by a shark while snorkelling off Kihei, Maui, Hawaii. The incident happened around 9.40am about 250 metres offshore near Kihei.
The victim was treated on shore and taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center.
“Initially it didn’t hurt so much. It was mostly just fear of a second attack,” he was quoted as saying.
He said he was snorkelling with two others. They rode paddle boards to a spot more than 250 metres off the Kihei coastline.
Kennedy said he felt a tug and looked down to see his leg in the shark’s mouth.
“It released me. So I started swimming as fast as I could. I would guess I was a still a hundred yards from my board,” he said. “As I went further, I started to bleed. I could see a string of blood, which was my next concern.”
Crew from Wailea Canoe Club who were in the water at the time helped him to shore.
Kennedy and experts reckon it was 10 foot tiger shark that bit him.