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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 3:05 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Warning signs posted after man bitten by shark

Advertiser Staff

A 29-year-old man was taken to Wahiawa General Hospital this afternoon after he was bitten by a shark, EMS personnel said.

The man was at the North Shore surf spot known as Marijuanas near Chun's Reef when he suffered minor lacerations to his left forearm at about 1:30 p.m., said EMS spokesman Bryan Cheplic.

After he was bit the man, who was free diving, was able to whack the shark with the butt of a spear gun before swimming to shore.

City lifeguards posted warning signs from Laniakea to Waimea Bay that will remain up until morning.

Lifeguards will patrol the beaches along that stretch until nightfall and will reassess the situation in the morning.