Hawaii: Woman missing while snorkeling with husband ‘eaten by shark’ – Metro.co.uk

A woman who went missing while snorkeling with her husband in Hawaii was attacked and eaten by a shark, authorities believe.
The disappearance of the 60-year-old woman from Washington state was classified as ‘shark attack-fatal’ by the Hawaii Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) on Friday. It was based on information from the woman’s husband and witnesses at Keawakepu Beach in Maui on December 8.
Similarly, the Maui Police Department described the woman’s death as ‘miscellaneous accident-fatal’.
Fire and emergency personnel and US Coast Guard officials were looking for ‘a missing female, possibly the victim of a shark bite’, according to DOCARE.
Officers interviewed the woman’s husband who said he encountered an ‘aggressive’ shark soon after going into the water about 50 yards offshore, according to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.
‘He said he and his wife were not snorkeling right next to one another and he could only see her from time to time,’ stated the department. ‘As the shark continued to circle him he continued looking for his wife and thought that she might have been diving toward the ocean floor.’
The husband told officers that the shark swam away as he popped out of the water looking at the surface for his wife.
‘He did spot something in the distance and then the shark came back, and he could see something red around the shark’s gills,’ the department stated.
‘At that time, he said people on the beach began yelling at him to get out of the water because a shark was feeding in the area.’
A witness on the beach also said he saw a big shark feeding on something in the water. The witness saw the couple snorkeling and tried to look for them to warn them ‘when he saw the shark’s large mouth continuing to feed on something in the middle of the red cloud in the water’ according to the department.
The witness yelled at the man to get out of the ocean and then did not see the woman, and called 911.
A swimsuit and snorkel gear were later found.
DOCARE determined the woman’s death was ‘a tragic accident’.
‘It’s unfortunate that this family’s grief is exacerbated not only by not having their loved one’s body recovered,’ the department stated, ‘But by misinformation which spread quickly on social media platforms, suggesting that this was something other than what it was.’
The identities of the woman and her husband have not been released.
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