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11-Year-Old Injured After Shark Attack While Swimming

An 11-year-old girl was injured in a shark bite in Hawaii on Saturday, marking the state's first recorded shark encounter in 2024.

“Just before 1:30 p.m., we received a 911 call from an 11-year-old girl who said she may have been bitten on the left leg by a shark.” [a] “It's a spot known as Kaaawa's Rainbow,” said Shayne Enright of the Honolulu Department of Emergency Services. Said NBC News. “Witnesses stated that they saw what appeared to be a small white shark in the area.”

Eyewitness Rodney Sekona, a frequent swimmer, said the shark attack was an unusual incident. “I used to see sharks here, I used to dive here, and it didn't bother me at all,” said Sekona. according to Go to Hawaii News Now. “I'm surprised, I'm surprised someone got bitten here.” (Related: Teen surfer dies after shark bites off leg in front of father: report)

Emergency medical services confirmed the girl suffered injuries from the bite. Although her condition was serious, her injuries were not life-threatening, Hawaii News Now reported. Despite her fear, her parents opposed rushing her to her emergency room for further treatment.

This incident marks the first recorded shark encounter in Hawaii in 2024, as noted in the Department of Land and Natural Resources' shark incident. Website. Looking back on a year in which a total of eight shark-related incidents occurred, including the death of a surfer attacked by a shark on Maui in December.

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