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Hawaii searching for missing woman after ‘possible shark attack’

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Authorities in Hawaii are searching for a 60-year-old woman who disappeared in the water following a shark sighting and possible shark attack.

Sometime after noon Thursday, Maui police received a call from a man who said he saw a shark swim by repeatedly as he snorkeled about 50 yards from Keawakapu Point, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources spokesperson Dan Dennison said in a news conference Thursday.

The point is located on the southeastern part of the island.

After spotting the shark, the man searched for the woman and returned to shore after he was unable to find her, Dennison said.

The woman was last seen just before noon, he said.

The Maui Fire Department and Maui Ocean Safety officers spent Thursday looking for the woman in the water, Dennison said

On Friday afternoon, the United States Coast Guard Hawaii Pacific tweeted rescuers continued to search for the woman using boats, helicopters, planes and jet skis due to “a possible shark attack”.

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