A Maui shark attack leaves a young woman without an arm in the sixth shark attack in Hawaii this year so far. This gruesome Maui shark attack sent people paddling out to the screams of a woman who surfaced without an arm after snorkeling about 50 yards offshore, according to Boston.com on Aug. 15.
The woman, who witnesses say was about 20-years-old, was plucked out of the ocean by a kayaker and brought back to shore. A life guard and other beach goers attended to the woman until paramedics arrived. Her right arm was severed below the shoulder.
It was shortly before 5 p.m. when the tranquil beach sounds on Palauea Beach gave way screams of horror offshore. It is not known what type of shark attacked the woman as the water was choppy, making visibility in the water very limited, so the rescuers weren't able to see the shark that attacked the woman.
The woman's arm was not recovered and authorities are waiting to talk with her as soon as the hospital clears her for visitors. She remains in Maui Memorial Medical Center, her condition is unknown today and the hospital did not release any further information.
The Maui beach was reopened on Thursday, just a day after this horrific shark attack. Hawaii had 11 shark attacks in 2012, but the last time a shark attack in Hawaii was fatal was back in 2004. That attack severed a man's leg and his death was caused by severe blood loss. It was a tiger shark that was the predator in that attack.