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Oregon Man Attacked by Shark Off Maui Coast

Comstock/Thinkstock(KIHEI, Hawaii) -- An Oregon man suffered a shark bite in the waters off Maui in Hawaii Friday. Police said the man appeared to have a gash in his leg but was able to climb onto a paddleboard and get back on shore.

The 61-year-old man told police it looked like a 10-foot shark.

Police say sharks were seen in the the area, and that there has seen an increase in shark attacks this year.

"In this area and also island wide, there has been several incidences with in the last year, this past year of incidents with sharks," Lt. Wayne Ibarra with the Maui Police said Friday.

The victim was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center for further treatment. Police say at the time of medical transport, the man was "alert and conscious."

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