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Sharkbite Victim Flown to Honolulu from Palmyra

Posted June 3rd, 2014 @ 1:22pm

The Coast Guard evacuated a woman from Palmyra Atoll, a remote atoll 1,000 miles southwest of Honolulu after she was bitten by a shark. The 37-year-old woman is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researcher who was living on the atoll. She was tagging sharks when she was bitten on her left hand by a black tip reef shark. A flight surgeon determined the evacuation was necessary due to the risk of infection and possible nerve and tendon damage. The woman arrived on Oahu Sunday and was taken to Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center for treatment.

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