B.C. shark attack victim to recover fully, twin brother says

Doctors should be able to repair injuries to the hand and leg of a Vancouver man bitten by a shark in Hawaii, said his twin brother.

Training as a lifeguard helped a B.C. man fight off a shark attack in Hawaii that left him in hospital with hand and leg gashes— injuries he's expected to recover from, his twin brother says.

Kyle Gruen, 29,was bittenduring a shark attack on Saturday while he was swimming off a Maui beach, Jeff Gruen said.He was in stable condition at Maui Memorial Medical Center.

"He's got a pretty big gash on his left leg," said Jeff Gruen, who was on the beach at the time of the attack. "It's probably 15to 18 centimetres long and it's split open about eight to 10 centimetres.

"He's got probably four or five other teeth marks in his leg and his left hand got hit as well."

Jeff Gruen said two tendons in his brother's hand were cut and two fingers have limited motion. Doctorsexpect to be able to repair all the damage, he said.

The Vancouver man was swimming about nine to 12 metres offshore when the shark attacked his left side.

"It bit him and he turned around and kicked," said Jeff Gruen. "It's kind of a lifeguarding move that we both learned when we used to lifeguard."

The shark took off after being kicked, and Kyle Gruen swam away asquickly as he could,his brothersaid.

Beaches in the region of Kihei, where the attack happened, have been closed.

Saturday's shark attack was the fourth in Hawaii this year.