Big Island beach reopens following shark attack

Courtesy: Shelby Eriksson
Courtesy: Shelby Eriksson

The Department of Land and Natural Resources has reopened Kekaha Kai State Park on the Big Island after a man was attacked by a shark on Tuesday.

DLNR officials say the Kua Bay and Mahaiula sections were reopened at 11 a.m. after a Hawaii Fire Department helicopter flyover Thursday morning did not sight any sharks in waters off the park.

The park remained closed on Wednesday when a morning flyover saw a number of reef sharks in offshore waters.

On Tuesday, 28-year-old James Kerrigan was swimming about 100 yards from shore when he was attacked.

Kerrigan was taken to the North Kona Community hospital received hundreds of stitches on his right leg. His injuries were non-life-threatening.

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