Tiger shark attacks surfer at Ewa on Oahu


Kiowa Gatewood was sitting on his board when a tiger shark grabbed his leg

Ewa, Oahu - A surfer who was attacked by a shark off the coast of Hawaii Monday afternoon is now talking about his close call. Kiowa Gatewood's pulse is no doubt much calmer now that he's comfortably in a hospital bed, as opposed to when he thought he was safe on his surf board.

He says he was only about 20 meters off the coast of White Plains Beach in Ewa when the hungry tiger shark introduced itself. "I was sitting down on my board and I saw this shark coming out of the water and grab my leg and from there I had this instinct to hit it with my left hand," he said.

A surfer is in the hospital Monday afternoon being treated for a shark bite, EMS officials confirm to Hawaii News Now.

According to an EMS spokesperson, a male was in the water at Oahu's White Plains Beach when a shark bit his right leg.

The victim is said to be in his late teens or early 20s and is reported to be in serious condition at an area hospital.

Ocean safety officials are advising beachgoers to stay out of the water anywhere within a one mile area of the sighting.

Source: KNHL
Author: The Editors
Tags: Hawaii, Tiger Shark, Ewa Oahu

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