The Latest: Type of shark that bit tourist not confirmed

WAIKOLOA VILLAGE, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on a woman being bitten by a shark in Hawaii (all times local):

3:55 p.m.

Hawaii officials say the type of shark that bit a tourist in the thigh has not been confirmed.

Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources spokesman Dan Dennison says a 65-year-old California woman reported that a 5-foot (1.5-meter) black tip reef shark bit her. But he says the type of shark and size are not confirmed.

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Fire officials on the Big Island say bystanders brought the woman to shore Tuesday on a kayak with a 1-foot-wide (30-centimeters-wide) bite.

A helicopter took the woman in stable condition to a hospital. A helicopter search didn’t find a shark.

The attack occurred off the coast near a bay that surrounds the Waikoloa resort complex, which is a popular tourist destination.

Dennison says once the woman is able, officials will interview her to gather more details.

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12:30 p.m.

Hawaii firefighters say a shark bit a tourist in her right thigh and she is in stable condition.

Fire officials on the Big Island say bystanders brought the woman to shore Tuesday on a kayak with a 1-foot-wide (30-centimeters-wide) bite.

The California woman says she doesn’t remember what happened before being bitten.

A helicopter took the woman to a hospital. A helicopter search didn’t find a shark.

Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources spokesman Dan Dennison says a 5-foot (1.5-meter) black tip reef shark bit the 65-year-old woman.

The attack occurred off the coast near Anaehoomalu Bay, near Waikoloa, a popular tourist area. Nearby beaches were closed until further notice.

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11 a.m.

Officials say a shark bit a California woman near Hawaii’s Big Island and she was airlifted to a hospital.

Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources spokesman Dan Dennison says the 65-year-old woman was bitten Tuesday by a 5-foot (1.5-meter) black tip reef shark.

No further details were available on the extent of her injuries.

The attack occurred off the coast near Anaehoomalu Bay, near Waikoloa, a popular tourist area on the west side of the Big Island. Nearby beaches were closed until further notice.

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