Shark attacks woman off Kona

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii -- A 51-year-old tourist from Rhode Island was in satisfactory condition after she was attacked by a shark in waters off the Kona Village Resort here.

It was the fifth shark attack in Hawaii this year, none of them fatal.

Laurie Boyett was swimming 300 yards from the Big Island beach when a six- to eight-foot shark bit her on the right buttock, according to Kailua-Kona police.

Two employees from the resort heard her cries and rescued her in a small boat. Boyett was then transferred to Kona Community Hospital by helicopter, where she underwent surgery.

Boyett was swimming with her 17-year-old nephew when she was attacked. He was unharmed. The beach at the Kona Village Resort remained closed after the attack.

In October, a local surfer was attacked by a shark about 17 miles south of the Kona Village Resort. In July, another surfer was attacked near Hilo, also on the Big Island.

In March, a Maui woman was attacked off Kaanapali on Maui and a man from Arizona was bitten at Kealia Beach on Kauai.

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