11-Year-Old Girl Injured During Apparent Shark Attack While Swimming Near Shore in Hawaii

The Honolulu Emergency Services Department said the child experienced non-life-threatening injuries

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Ka'a'awa Beach and Ka'a'awa Valley Mountain Coastline

Authorities in Hawaii say an 11-year-old girl was injured on Saturday after an apparent shark bite.

The Honolulu Emergency Services Department said in a statement obtained with PEOPLE that emergency personnel responded to a 911 call just before 1:30 p.m. local time about the incident that took place at a spot known as “Rainbows” in Ka'a'awa, across from the back gate to Kualoa Ranch.

The bite occurred on the unidentified girl's left foot, but her injuries were not life-threatening, according to authorities.

“The girl was near shore, swimming in the water, when the incident occurred,” the Honolulu Emergency Services Department’s statement said.

“The patient’s parents declined EMS transport to an emergency room," the agency added. "A witness described seeing what appeared to be a small reef shark in the area.”

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Authorities posted warning signs that afternoon but were later taken down when there were no further shark sightings reported in the area, the statement continued.

No further information was offered by Honolulu Emergency Services in the case.

Beachgoer Rodney Sekona told Hawaii News Now that he used to see "sharks over here" and "used to dive out" there, but they didn't "bother" him at all.

“I was surprised, surprised somebody got bitten here," he added.

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The suspected shark attack comes months after a surfer died in a "shark encounter" on Hawaii's north shore on Dec. 30.

Jason “Jay” Carter, 39, of Haiku, was surfing in Paia Bay when the incident occurred, according to the county of Maui.

Emergency crews arrived at the scene and a first responder administered life-saving measures to Carter. The victim was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, per officials.

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“The shark just came up next to him and there’s maybe one guy in between us and the shark just started biting him and pull [sic] him down and then I just was paddling in trying to call 911," witness Ikaia Kapisi said, Hawaii News Now reported.

Hawaii's Department of Land and Resources reported eight shark incidents last year.

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