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Search ends for snorkeler missing after shark spotted in South Maui

The search for a Washington state woman whose husband couldn't find her after spotting a shark while they were snorkeling in Maui was called off Friday.

The woman's husband and others reported spotting a large shark about 50 yards (45 meters) from shore at Keawakapu Point in South Maui on Thursday, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The couple had been snorkeling when he saw a shark swim by but could not see his wife. The shark swam by several times before the man returned to shore and reported his wife missing, the department said.

Rescuers searched from the water and from the sky until nightfall Thursday and resumed the search at daybreak.

Officials put up shark warning signs, effectively closing off entry to the ocean along the shoreline from Mana Kai condominiums to the north end of Wailea beach. The signs were removed after a survey of the area didn't show that the 10-to-12-foot-long shark was still in the area.

The department said it doesn't release the names of people involved in shark encounters.

Maui County firefighters were searching in the ocean with a rescue boat and personal water craft. A Maui Fire Department helicopter and the U.S. Coast Guard were conducting an aerial search.

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