Two men were hospitalized with critical injuries to their feet on Saturday after separate shark attacks in Hawaii, according to local news station KITV.
The first incident, which happened at Oahu’s Lanikai Beach, left a 44-year-old man hospitalized after suffering critical injuries to his feet, Emergency Medical Services spokeswoman Shayne Enright told Hawaii News Now.
PEOPLE could not immediately reach the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Emergency Medical Services for information.
The victim was reportedly swimming to shore alongside another man when a shark attacked only 50 to 100 yards off the Kailua beach, according to Hawaii News Now.
Two beachgoers then used their one-man canoes to assist the victim and his companion, who was not injured, to shore, according to KITV.
“Injuries were pretty extreme, both legs, just above the ankle were just hanging on,” bystander Joey Montano told Hawaii News Now. “He was very pale. He just had no color … we were all just yelling his name, just saying to keep talking … you could see just life slipping away … still in shock.”
The beach was then closed for the remainder of the day, with signs posted alerting the public to a shark sighting, reported KITV.
Ocean Safety officials told KITV that there hadn’t been an attack in the popular beach area “for decades.”
Later Saturday evening, another man was attacked in Waikiki, according to KITV.
The man was hospitalized in serious condition after a shark bit his left foot, the news outlet reported.
“We were surfing out there. It was firing, and I hear all this commotion, but I had no idea it had to do with the shark. It’s pretty crazy,” Kyle Kaiser, who was on the beach at the time of the attack, told KITV. “We see sharks out here, you know, but mostly small sharks. I never hear about a hoard of big, tiger sharks or anything like that. So yeah, very rare. I couldn’t believe it.”
The incidents mark the sixth and seventh shark attacks overall in Hawaii this year, and follow one just last week during which 25-year-old Colin Cook lost both his left leg and some of his left fingers off a surf spot on Oahu’s north shore, according to Hawaii News Now.
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