A popular Hawaii beach remains closed while authorities investigate and wait for confirmation of an alleged fatal shark attack. Get more details after the jump.

Margaret C. Cruse, 65, of Kihei, Maui, early Wednesday morning in a high traffic surf spot called “Dumps.” Cruse was found floating face down and unresponsive according to Maui Fire Department. She was found just 200 yards off shore but paramedics were unable to revive her.

The department released a statement saying Cruse was snorkeling with friends and got separated. Still waiting for the official autopsy report, authorities say that her upper body injuries are consistent with a shark attack.

If confirmed, this will be the first shark attack in Maui since 2013. During that year two people were bitten.

The people of Hawaii have their guards up, a shark attack is a reality check for the beach going residents.

Cruse’s death will be the latest in a list of recent shark encounters throughout the US. In September, Ida Parker and Kristin Orr were kayaking in the water near White Horse Beach Massachusetts, when a great white shark attacked. The two women were stunned, but not injuries occurred.

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