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Maui beaches closed after shark attack

WAILUKU, Hawaii — A 51-year-old woman from California was attacked over the weekend by a shark off Makena Landing Beach Park on Maui, officials said Monday.

Beaches near the park were closed Saturday after the shark attacked the woman about 20 yards from shore.

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The shark was estimated to be 10 to 12 feet long.

Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said the woman suffered puncture wounds to her right inner thigh and lacerations to the front and back of her right hand from pushing the shark away.

She was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition.

Beaches were closed one mile to the north and one mile to the south of where the woman was attacked while officials evaluated the situation.

Last week, a surfer died after being bitten off Surf Beach in Santa Barbara County, Calif. Francisco Javier Solorio Jr. died at the scene.

Ralph Collier, a shark researcher, determined that Solorio was attacked by a 15- to 16-foot great white shark.

Surf Beach, 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles, also was the site of an October 2010 fatal attack. Lucas Ransom, a 19-year-old student at the University of California Santa Barbara, died when a shark nearly severed his leg as he body-boarded.

The beach is near Vandenberg Air Force Base, which allows public access to some of the beaches on its shore.

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