A 25-year-old man is reported to be in critical condition following a shark attack on the North Shore. The man has been identified as Colin Cook, who originally hails from Rhode Island but has been living on the North Shore for years. He was surfing Leftovers, which is located between Laniakea and Waimea Bay, when the shark bit his left leg. The attack occurred around 10:30 Friday morning.
According to Shayne Enright of the Honolulu Ocean Safety and Lifeguards Services, the man was helped to the shoreline by a friend and other surfers who applied a surfboard leash as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. Once on the shore, he was met by EMS workers who took the man to a trauma center.
A source on the ground has reported that the man’s left leg was severed during the attack, but city officials could not confirm the extent of the injury. Cook reportedly worked for famed North Shore shaper Johh Carper.
Lifeguards in the area have patrolled the waters and are encouraging surfers nearby to get back to shore. Warning signs on nearby beaches have also been put in place.
Recently, another man suffered a horrific injury to his leg when he was attacked on the Big Island. The man posted a video of the aftermath of the attack that went viral.
Hawaii News Now reports that there have been three other attacks in the islands this year
- On April 29, a 65-year-old woman was killed while snorkeling off Maui’s Ahihi Bay. The woman was in 20- to 35-foot-deep waters, and was about 200 yards offshore.
- On March 18, a 60-year-old man suffered cuts to his forearm, left arm and thigh while standing in 4-foot-deep water off Hapuna Beach on the Big Island. Authorities said the man was bit by a 8- to 10-foot-long tiger shark.
- On Jan. 27, a 20-year-old Maui man was bit by a shark he had caught while fishing in Lahaina.
Our thoughts go out to Cook and his family. We wish him a speedy recovery.