A woman was taken to hospital on Tuesday after being bitten twice by a shark while swimming in Hawaii, authorities said. The 27-year-old woman is reported to be in good health and is expected to be released after a shark bites her while swimming in Kealakequa Bay on the west side of the Big Island, leaving her with injuries to the lower back and right thigh  Shortly after the woman was taken to a hospital in serious condition, preliminary information given to firefighters listed her age at 26, and that the shark had bitten her in one leg and torso, Hawaii Fire Chief Battalion, William Bergin said . It was about 50 meters offshore, he said. The victim has not been identified.
Bergin did not know whether he was a tourist or a resident of Hawaii. "The shark is still in the area, so we are trying to get people out of the water right now," he said.
Police said witnesses described the shark as a gray tip. Bergin said he was told it was probably a 6-foot reef shark.
The Bay will remain closed until at least Wednesday afternoon. Shark warning signs were placed on either side of Kealakekua Bay Historical Park.
"According to local fishermen, there are many fish in the area during this time of year so it really attracts many sharks and dolphins that give birth." Bergin said.
The high tide also causes poor visibility in the water.
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