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Teen attacked by shark off Hawaii's Big Island

Aug. 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

HILO, Hawaii, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A 16-year-old boy was attacked by a shark off the coast of Hawaii's Big Island and had to be airlifted to a hospital, officials said.

The teenager, whose name was not reported, was surfing in Pohoiki Bay Sunday afternoon when the attack happened, KHON-TV, Honolulu, reported.

Witnesses said the shark bit the teen's leg.

"He was coming down the wave and a shark came from the side and took him out by the leg and that's all I could see right from there," said Issac Belisaro, who was surfing nearby. "I was so close to a shark attack, it was a life deal right there. I can't explain it. It was too much."

The teen was airlifted to Hilo Medical Center where he was joined by his family.

"Condition is good. Mean, big lacerations to the back of his leg," the victim's uncle said.

The local fire department was scanning the waters Monday morning for signs of the shark.

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