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Originally published October 31, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified October 31, 2007 at 1:16 PM

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Maui swimmer feared shark was coming back for more

A california man bitten in the leg by a shark off Maui said he feared the shark was going come back for more. Aaron Finley, 32, said he...

WAILUKU, Hawaii — A California man bitten in the leg by a shark off Maui said he feared the shark was going come back for more.

Aaron Finley, 32, said he felt something hit his left leg very hard while he was swimming about 30 feet off Wailea beach, a popular swimming area.

"It was like a hard bump. Not a buzz saw or anything like that," the sound engineer from West Hollywood said Tuesday from his bed at Maui Memorial Medical Center.

He then saw a gray head turn and swim away and realized it was a shark.

"I was worried he would come back for me," Finley said, adding he focused on getting back to shore for help.

The shark bit Finley's left calf, leaving a wound stretching from the front of his leg halfway to the back. He also sustained a puncture wound above his left knee.

Finley's doctor, Peter Galpin, said the shark quickly let go after taking a bite.

County and state officials closed Wailea Beach after the attack Monday afternoon. They reopened the area Tuesday after an aerial check showed no signs of sharks, officials said.

Finley's fiance, Megan Tharpe, and her family had been watching him from the beach but they didn't realize anything was wrong until he swam closer to shore calling for help.

Family members said employees from the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Chris Hoffman and Manny Zaragoza, ran into the water to assist Finley.

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