73-Year-Old California Man Bitten by Shark While Snorkeling in Maui

Katie Campione
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A 73-year-old man was bitten by a shark off the coast of Maui while snorkeling on Friday.

The man — who was a visitor from California — suffered lacerations to his calf, but was reported to be in good condition after an evaluation from emergency personnel, according to officials.

Personnel responded to the scene around 7:45 a.m. after a report of a snorkeler who had been bitten by a shark 40 yards from shore in the water off Kaanapali Beach, the Maui Fire Department and Ocean Safety said.

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The man was snorkeling with family when he was bitten on the shoulder "almost immediately" upon entering the water

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When first responders arrived, the man had made it to the shore himself and was receiving aid from the staff at a nearby hotel, according to the fire department.

Officials said the shark was estimated to be about 8 feet long. No other details about the attack were immediately available.

After the attack, beachgoers were advised to stay out of the water until an all-clear was given.