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Search continues for missing snorkeler who apparently suffered shark bite off Maui


KIHEI (HawaiiNewsNow) – The search continues for a missing woman off South Maui who apparently suffered a shark bite while she was snorkeling with her husband.

Her husband told authorities the two fought off a shark and then tried to head to shore.

The woman never made it, but a snorkel set and part of a bathing suit was found.

First responders were called to Keawakapu Point just before noon.

Witnesses tell officials the incident happened about 50 yards from shore.

The Coast Guard, county first responders and state DLNR officers are searching for the woman in the water and by air, including with a C-130 and a cutter.

Shark warning signs have been posted, closing the beach in the area.

“I mean the scary thing about it, at this stage, is there is a person just totally missing,” said beachgoer Peter Gannon, who is visiting from Canada.

DLNR officials said there hasn’t been any other reports of sharks in the water since the incident.

We’re told that Honolulu-based Coast Guard crews are actively searching Thursday night and it will continue into Friday morning.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.