Officials identify Kihei woman killed in apparent shark attack off Maui

La Perouse Bay

Maui police have identified a woman who was killed in a deadly shark attack off Maui.

Margaret C. Cruse, 65, of Kihei was found floating in the waters off of Ahihi Kinau Bay on Wednesday.

She was found unresponsive 200 yards off-shore from an area called “Dumps,” about a mile south of Makena State Park.

Snorkelers in the area discovered her and pulled her out of the water.

Firefighters received a call a little before 9 a.m. and arrived on scene several minutes later.

Maui fire and paramedics believe the injuries found on the female’s upper torso suggested that she was attacked by a shark.

There are no reported witnesses. Maui fire says the victim was separated from two friends, but was found alone.

Sources tell KHON2 she was a volunteer with Department of Land and Natural Resource’s Natural Area Reserves System and would visit the area almost every day.

Ocean Safety cleared the water of swimmers and Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) officials closed the waters from Big Beach to La Perouse Bay in South Maui. The area was reopened at noon Thursday.

Lifeguards warned visitors about the incident and patrolled the water on Jet Skis all afternoon.

Wednesday’s incident marks the third one so far this year.

On March 18, a man was standing in about four feet of water about 20 yards offshore of Hapuna Beach on the Big Island when a tiger shark bit him. He suffered lacerations to his left forearm, hand and thigh.

On January 27, a man was bitten on the leg off Maui. The state said it was considered a “provoked incident.”

Last year, there were six shark bites. Five of them were off Maui, the other off the Big Island. Click here for a full list.

Stay with KHON2 for more updates.


Click here for Hawaii Tiger Shark Tracking website

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