Shark attacks Kansas man snorkeling in Hawaii; beaches closed

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — A visitor from Kansas is in the hospital after a 10-to-12-foot tiger shark bit his left forearm while he was snorkeling off the Big Island of Hawaii.

West Hawaii Today ( ) reports the man was flown to The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu in stable condition on Wednesday.

Police said the 58-year-old had been snorkeling with his family at Hapuna Beach when the shark attacked.

Numerous snorkelers were in the water about 20 yards offshore at the time. Several bystanders helped drag him in.

Police say he suffered severe cuts to his forearm and lacerations to his left thigh.

His identity has not been released. He is from Overland Park.

Hawaii County Fire Department officials saw the shark from a helicopter. Authorities have closed beaches from Waialea to Mauna Kea.

Information from: West Hawaii Today,

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