Maui Shark Attack: Evvone Cashman Survives Encounter With 25-Foot Shark In Hawaii [VIDEO]
Evvone Cashman was snorkeling 30 feet from the Maui, Hawaii, shoreline on Wenesday when she was rammed and then attacked by a shark.
The Cerritos, Calif., woman was attacked in the head and face by the 25-foot shark while swimming in 10 feet deep water near a resort at Ulua Beach in Wailea.
Cashman, 56, thought she was going to die.
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"I must have had my hands up in front of my face," said Cashman. "I think my head was above water, if I remember correctly. I don't know because it happened so fast. I didn't see him coming. I didn't see him leave. He just came and hit me hard and bit me hard and I just took off to the shore as fast as I could."
Somewhat surprisingly, the shark didn't seem interested in attacking her beyond a little nibble.
"He only bit once, and he let go right away," Cashman said.
Cashman made it to shore, where bystanders helped stanch the bleeding with towels. She received a 15-inch gash, running from her spine to her neck, in the shark attack, in addition to injuries on her chin and hands.
Officials at Maui Memorial Medical Center, where Cashman was treated, said that the shark size was Cashman's doctors' estimate. The Department of Land and Natural Resources, a state agency, is investigating and has not yet determined the shark size or type.
Cashman is heading back home to Cerritos on Tuesday, but says she'll be back in the water as she can.
"I hear it's very rare [to be bitten by a shark]," Cashman said. "It would have to be even more rare for it to happen a second time. I can't imagine not snorkeling again...and I don't want to be afraid of the water."
The Cashman shark attack was the second Hawaiian shark attack within three days. On Sunday, a 19-year-old was attacked while surfing off the coast of White Plains Beach in Oahu.
"I was sitting on my board, when all of a sudden I saw this shark come out of the water and grab my leg," Kiowa Gatewood told a local station in Hawaii. "From there, I had this instinct to like, hit it with my left hand and then it let go and turned around and swam away."
Like Cashman, Gatewood was lucky to make it out alive. Gatewood had surgery on his left knee and upper calf. Also like Cashman, the surfer said he plans to be back in the water as soon as he can.
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