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Hawaii search ends for missing diver after sharks spotted


HONOLULU –

The search for a Washington state woman whose husband could not find her after spotting a shark while they were snorkeling in Hawaii was suspended on Friday.

The woman’s husband and others reported spotting a large shark about 50 yards (45 meters) off the coast at Keawakapu Point in southern Maui on Thursday, according to the state’s Department of Land and Resources. .

The couple were snorkeling when he saw a shark swim past but his wife was nowhere to be seen. The police department said the shark swam past several times before the man returned to shore and reported his wife missing.

Rescuers searched from the water and from the sky until nightfall on Thursday and continued the search into dawn.

After spotting what is believed to be a tiger shark, officials set up a shark warning sign. The signs were removed after a survey of the area did not reveal the 10- to 12-foot (3 to 5-meter long) shark was still in the area.

The department said it did not release the names of those involved in the shark encounters.

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