A Washington state woman is being mourned after she died in what was likely a shark attack in Hawaii. Kristine Allen, 60, went missing on Thursday while she was snorkeling with her husband Blake at Keawakapu Beach in Maui.


Blake told police he was separated from his wife while they were snorkeling. He saw an “aggressive shark” about 50 yards from the shore and noticed “something red around the shark’s gills.” He returned to shore when people on the beach noticed the shark and began warning him to leave the water.

The U.S. Coast Guard, the Maui Fire Department and ocean rescue teams responded to the incident and a 40-hour air and sea search ensued. First responders brought out a rescue boat, personal watercraft, helicopter and coast guard aircraft to search for Kristine.

Officials said they spotted what they believe to be a 10-to-12-foot-long tiger shark in the area.

Kristine had recently shared how much she was looking forward to her trip to Hawaii, saying she was “following dreams” on her vacation.

“I have wanted to learn to surf for years,” she wrote on Facebook. “I am committed to create a life I love in big and small ways.”

According to Blake, there will be a memorial for Kristine in Bellingham, Washington.