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
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.