Kauai’s Makua Beach reopens after shark encounter

‘No Swimming’ and ‘Shark Sighted’ signs were posted along the beach at Makua Beach, also known as Tunnels, after a shark sighting. (Photo: County of Kauai)

On Kauai, ocean safety officials have reopened a North Shore beach to swimming after a shark encounter.

Authorities say the encounter occurred at around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Makua Beach, also known as Tunnels, in Haena.

Experienced spear divers reported to lifeguards that a roughly seven- to eight-foot-long shark aggressively approached them while they were freediving in a popular snorkeling area known as Tunnels Lagoon.

The divers gave up their catch to the shark and were able to swim away unharmed.

‘Shark Sighted’ and ‘No Swimming’ signs were posted along the beach and the public was advised to stay out of the water.

Officials reopened the beach Wednesday morning after lifeguards determined that the water was safe for swimming.

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