Surfer loses foot after rare shark attack

A surfer in Hawaii lost his foot after getting bit by a shark in a rare attack on Sunday.

Around 7.00am on Sunday morning, a 58-year-old man was bit by an 8-foot long tiger shark while surfing in Kewalo Basin.

The basin is a popular harbor for surfers, swimmers, and other beachgoers in Honolulu, on the southern coast of Oahu.

The surfer was later identified by his family as Mike Morita, a Honolulu local who has been surfing in Kewalo Basin for over four decades.

Morita was saved by some of his fellow surfers, who were able to make a tourniquet out of their surfboard leashes while still in the water, local station KHON reported.

Paramedics then ‘administered life-saving treatment to a patient who was surfing and suffered shark bite to right leg,’ Honolulu Emergency Services stated.

He was rushed to Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. Morita’s family has since confirmed that he lost his right foot during the attack.

‘Thanks to the help of the brave surfers, first responders, and staff at Queens Hospital, my dad can live another day with his family,’ Morita’s children wrote in post on GoFundMe. The family is raising money for their father’s continued medical expenses.

The shark remained in the basin after the attack, menacing other surfers in the water. The shark continued chasing beachgoers out of the water until as late as 10.45am on Sunday, Honolulu Ocean Safety said.

Lifeguards have since posted warning signs around the beach area.

According to the Hawaiian Department of Land and National Resources, there have only been three shark attacks in the islands so far in 2023. None of those attacks were reported on Oahu, which is home to two-thirds of the population of the Aloha State.

The last time a shark attack was reported in Kewalo Basin was 2002.

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