Hawaii Shark attack leaves 25-Year-Old Surfer in critical condition “Watch”

Updated: October 13, 2015
Hawaii shark attack leaves Surfer in critical condition

On Friday morning, Hawaii saw its fifth shark attack this year when a surfer was bitten off Oahu’s North Shore.

The victim was identified as Colin Cook, of Kawailoa. Cook moved to Hawaii from Tiverton, Rhode Island three years ago and learned to create custom surfboards from famed north Shore shaper John Carper.

Hawaii News Now reports that witnesses said Cook was pulled to shore by other ocean goers, and was awake and alert when he was taken to the hospital. The attack happened about 10:30 a.m. in waters off Leftovers Beach Park, a popular surfing spot.

A witness told Hawaii News Now that Cook was apparently sitting on his surfboard with his legs dangling in the water when he was attacked. Bystanders used a surfboard leash as a tourniquet to control the bleeding.

Cook also apparently suffered injuries to his hand after attempting to swat the shark away.

Following the attack, lifeguard posted warning signs and urged people to stay out of the water. Emergency Services spokeswoman Shayne Enright said the area will be re-assessed Saturday to determine if the warning signs will be posted again.

This is the fifth shark attack in Hawaii so far this year, but the first off Oahu since 2013. In 2014, there were six shark attacks statewide.