The Latest: Hospitalized Maui surfer recounts shark attack

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Posted: Oct 24, 2016 9:32 PM

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on a Maui surfer who was bitten by a shark (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

A Maui surfer is recovering from a shark attack and making plans to reschedule his honeymoon.

Federico Jaime was surfing Friday at a beach two blocks from his Paia home when he felt a shark bite his left arm and left leg.

Jaime said Monday from his room at Maui Memorial Medical Center that he can move all his fingers and can feel his forearm muscle working.

But he'll need another surgery Wednesday to repair a tendon in his arm.

He says he and his wife were supposed to leave for a Tahiti honeymoon on Saturday.

Jaime says he's grateful nearby surfers who heard him screaming helped him get to shore.

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3:25 a.m.

Officials say a 36-year-old man has been bitten by a shark while surfing in waters off the northern coast of Maui.

The Paia man was taken to a hospital in serious condition after the Friday incident at Hookipa Beach Park. An update on his condition wasn't immediately available.

Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto says the man had been surfing about 50 yards from shore when he was attacked by a 5-foot reef shark. He was bitten in the left arm and left leg.

Other surfers came to the man's aid and helped paddle him to shore.

Officials say ocean conditions had been windy, choppy and murky at the time.

The beach was closed following the incident but reopened Saturday after officials patrolled the area and found no sign of sharks.