Teenage surfer survives shark attack off Hawaii's Big Island
HONOLULU (REUTERS) - A 16-year-old boy surfing along the east coast of Hawaii's Big Island was bitten in the legs by an 2.4m shark in the second such attack in the state in less than a week, but the teen's mother said on Monday he is expected to make a full recovery.
The young victim, Jimmy Ulualoha "Ulu-boy" Nateahi, suffered 30 deep lacerations in the attack, which occurred while he was surfing on Sunday with friends at Pohoiki Bay. His mother was beckoning him to get out of the water, she said.
Mrs Claire Nateahi, speaking to Reuters by telephone from her son's hospital room in Hilo, the Big Island's main town, recalled that he had a plane to catch that day for a flight to Oahu, where he was to compete in a surfing contest.
As she waved for him to come back to shore, Jimmy shouted to her, "'One more wave, one more wave,' and that's when it happened," she said.