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Woman surives shark attack in Hawaii

July 26, 2008 |  4:41 pm

A woman on the Hawaiian island of Oahu has survived a shark attack. She was injured while snorkeling on the western side of the island. The Honolulu Advertiser has a report:

Roger Debebar and Anthony Chapman don't claim they did anything heroic yesterday when an injured and bleeding woman approached them around 8:40 a.m. near the edge of the beach at the Hawaiian Princess condominiums and spoke three words:

"Help, please," said the woman, who had been snorkeling moments earlier. "Shark."

But Bryan Cheplic, spokesman for the city's emergency service department, said the two men's quick actions may have made all the difference in the state's first shark attack of the year....

"Chapman, 49, said the woman was "bleeding bad and she had a chunk taken out of her arm."

Ten minutes after the woman was injured, a lifeguard on a Yamaha Waverunner and officers in the Honolulu Police Department's helicopter spotted what appeared to be "a very large shark, approximately 16 feet in length," Cheplic said....

The animal spotted was a tiger shark.

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