Watch CBSN Live

Shark attacks swimmer off Hawaii beach

LANIKAI, OAHU -- A man taken to the hospital Saturday after a shark attack off Lanikai Beach in Hawaii may have lost both of his feet, CBS affiliate KGMB reports.

The incident happened 50 to 100 yards off the popular beach in Kailua. The Honolulu Fire Department said the victim was swimming with another man to shore just before noon from the Mokulua Islands when the shark attacked.

The 44-year-old suffered critical injuries to his feet, Emergency Medical Services spokeswoman Shayne Enright said.

Mike Dilks and his friend Joey Montano helped the victim after the attack. They tell KGMB they heard two people yelling from the water.

Dilks paddled out on his board to see what was wrong.

"I yelled in, 'Call 911! Shark attack! We need a tourniquet!" Dilks recalled.

Montano said he was already on the phone with police. Dilks said his girlfriend grabbed a rope from his garage for them to use as a tourniquet to control the bleeding.

"I didn't realize the severity of his injuries until we pulled him out of the water," said Dilks.

"Injuries were pretty extreme, both legs, just above the ankle were just hanging on," said Montano.

Dilks said his other friend, who is an EMT, told KGMB they couldn't find a pulse on the victim.

"I talked to him. I asked him what his name was," Dilks said. "He remembered his name, but he wasn't real responsive."

"He was very pale. He just had no color...we were all just yelling his name, just saying to keep could see just life slipping away...still in shock. Life is precious. It could be gone the next day," Montano added.

The victim is being treated at the Queens Medical Center. Authorities have not released his name or condition.

This is the sixth shark attack in Hawaii so far this year, and the second on Oahu in just eight days.

View CBS News In