By Staff Reporter, Aug 05, 2013 09:50 AM EDT
(PHOTO CREDIT: MorgueFile)
A woman from Cerritos, California is recovering in the hospital after being attacked by a large shark. According to Hawaii media reports about the Maui shark attack, 56-year-old Evonne Cashman was bitten off Ulua Beach in Wailea on Wednesday when she was taking a morning swim roughly 30 feet from shore in about 10 feet of water. The Maui shark attack resulted in the beach where she was attack to get closed for the day; it repopened on Thursday afternoon.
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"I must have had my hands up in front of my face. I think my head was above water, if I remember correctly. I don't know because it happened so fast. I didn't see him coming. I didn't see him leave. He just came and hit me hard and bit me hard and I just took off to the shore as fast as I could," said Evonne Cashman to KHON-TV Channel 2, who is being treated at Maui Memorial Medical Center for the Maui shark attack . "He only bit once, and he let go right away."
"It happened so fast. I didn't see him coming. I didn't see him leave. He just came and hit me hard, and bit me hard; and I took off swimming to the shore as fast as I could," recalls Evonne Cashman to Maui Now about the Maui shark attack. "What went through my mind was, just getting back to shore. And I swam. My mask was gone. I think that might have been what protected my face from getting more (injuries)."
Evonne Cashman told reporters that she swam back to shore and was helped by bystanders, who gave her towels to control the blood. Her wounds included injuries to her chin and both hands and a 15-inch wounds from the middle of her spine to her neck. Evonne Cashman also underwent a surgery after the Maui shark attack and a doctor told her that the shark is estimated to be between 20 to 25 feet.
"He thinks according to the bites and where they are and what they look like, it was probably about a 25-foot shark. That was his guess," said Evonne Cashman regarding the Maui shark attack.
Officials have warned people that shark attacks may be more common in light of Tropical Storm Flossie, as the murky waters make the sharks more likely to bite anything and everything. While Evonne Cashman was hurt in the Maui shark attack, she has gone on record to say ti won't keep her from the waters and that she has learned her lesson.
"I'm a firm believer that things happen for a reason and something good will come out of this," said Evonne Chasman. Going back in the water I know it won't happen this trip. But I will go in sometime."
"I'm very lucky that he decided he didn't like me and swam away right away," said Evonne Cashman. "I've learned now that after a couple days from a storm, you should wait to go in the water, because it was rather choppy and it was rather murky. I could see to the bottom without any problem, but there was lots of debris."