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Shark bite prompts officials in Hawaii to take action

HANALEI, Hawaii -- Lifeguards have closed a Hawaii bay to swimming after a shark bit a visitor from Minnesota.

The Kauai County Fire Department said Thursday officials didn't see the shark. But lifeguards saw the man had cuts on both his hands. The cuts weren't life-threatening.

The shark bit the man as he was paddling to shore near the Hanalei Pier on Kauai island. He was on his way back from surfing.

He was treated on the beach by lifeguards but chose to drive himself for medical treatment, the county said on its Facebook page.

Lifeguards posted "No Swimming" and "Shark Sighted" signs along the beach at Hanalei Bay. They are telling people to stay out of the water.

Lifeguards will reassess the water Friday morning to determine if it is safe for swimming.

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