Second shark attack in Hawaii in a week as teen surfer's legs bitten


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A sixteen-year-old surfer has become the victim of the second shark attack in Hawaii in a week.

According to Fox News, the Hawaii County Fire Department said the boy was bitten on both legs on Sunday afternoon while surfing southeast of Hilo, on Hawaii Island, the largest of the eight islands that make up the archipelago and often dubbed Big Island.

Relatives have identified the victim as Jimmy "Ulu Boy" Napeahi.

Eyewitness Isaac Belisario told Hawaii News Now: "He was coming down the wave and the shark came from the side and took him out by the leg. I was shaking. I was so close to the shark attack, I don't know... It was too much."

He added: "It's terrible what the ocean can do sometimes."

Jimmy's uncle told Hawaii News Now that his nephew was in a "good condition" with lacerations to the legs.

He was airlifted to the Hilo Medical Centre for treatment after the attack, which was thought to have been carried out by an eight-foot shark.

Sky News reports that Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources closed the beaches along the Pohoiki coastline after the attack.

The attack comes just days after a German tourist had her arm bitten off by a shark while snorkelling off the coast of Maui on Wednesday.

An American teacher has been hailed a hero after diving into the water to rescue the woman.

Rick Moore, 57, jumped into the sea and swam to her aide when he saw her "floating on her back with no arm" after she was attacked while snorkelling off Palauea Beach in Maui.

There have now been eight shark attacks in Hawaii this year.

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