A man was forced to make a desperate swim to safety after being mauled in a suspected shark attack off Hawaii’s Big Island yesterday.

The Hawaii County Fire Department said the man in his 60s was mauled around 12:30pm.

He sustained injuries to his hands and back of his left leg in the attack.

He swam to a cameraman moored in the bay, where the vessel’s crew tended to his injuries.

A ski then transported the man to shore, where Hawaii County Fire Department were waiting.

He was treated on scene, before transfer to hospital.

The species behind the attack remains unclear. 

Alone dry tree at Anaeho'omalu beach; Waikoloa, Big Island, Hawaii
The man was forced to swim to safety after being attacked off Anaehoomalu Bay. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A man was seriously injured by a shark at the same spot in December.

Witnesses report the swimmer, in his 60s, was attacked by a 12-foot (3.6-metre) tiger shark and sustained wounds to his hip and buttocks.

That incident came less than a week after a 60-year-old Washington State woman disappeared off South Maui, while snorkelling.

One of the most adept predators in the ocean, the tiger shark
A tiger shark is believed responsible for the December attack at Anaehoomalu Bay. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The woman’s husband said he was snorkelling next to her, about 50 metres from Keawakapu Point, in the minutes prior to the attack.

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