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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Shark attacks Kauai canoe paddler, Hawaii - 23rd Sept 2011

A veteran canoe paddler is grateful to be alive after encountering a shark off Kauai's south shore.

Tom Bartlett's one-man canoe was severely damaged after a shark bit his vessel twice about a half mile offshore.

Poipu to Salt Pond is a popular training run for canoe paddlers on Kauai's south shore and one Tom Bartlett makes four times a week. But on Tuesday just before 3 p.m., Bartlett's run came to a screeching halt when he was hit by a shark.

"Startling to see a shark with its jaws open latched on to the front of the boat," said Bartlett by phone from Kauai. "I tried to swing at but I was too far back."

Bartlett says the shark let go but returned seconds later.

"Then it came around and hit the right side of the boat about a foot in front of the foot well, again you know open jaw," he said. "I think I got it with the paddle."

Bartlett was with six other paddlers who were unaware he'd been hit. His canoe immediately started taking on water. Source