There have been eight shark attacks near Maui this year and 13 statewide, and for one kayak fisherman a shark attack means death.
Patrick Briney, 57 years old, from Stevenson, Washington died Monday off Maui after a shark bit his foot dangling off the kayak, officials said.
Maui County Ocean Safety officials received a report that a shark had attacked a man fishing in a kayak between Maui and Molokini, a small island less than 3 miles off the southwest coast of Maui. A spot that is popular for diving and snorkeling.
Briney’s fishing partner told the department that his friend was fishing for baitfish with artificial lures when a shark bit one of his feet.
The fishing companion, who was about 500 yards away when the shark attack happened, paddled over to Briney and tied a tourniquet to try to stop severe bleeding and called on a tour boat in the vicinity for help, authorities said. The boat took them to shore, and Briney was then taken to a hospital, Rod Antone of the Mayor’s Office of the County of Maui.
It’s unclear when he was pronounced dead.
The kind of shark involved was not immediately available.
Even though the shark attack happened away from shore, county officials say lifeguards and crews from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources have closed the shoreline area a mile north and a mile south of Makena State Recreation Area in southwest Maui until noon tomorrow.
Shark warning signs were posted to advise the public to remain out of the water from Ahihi Bay to Makena Landing.
The beaches are open but the public is advised to stay out of the water.
Authorities said there has been an average of just four unprovoked shark attacks each year over the past two decades.
Last month, the DLNR launched a $186,000, two-year study to focus on tiger shark movements around Maui, and compared their behavior to that of known movement patterns around the other main Hawaiian islands.
“We are not sure why these bites are occurring more frequently than normal, especially around Maui,” said department Chairman William Aila Jr. “That’s why we are conducting a two-year study of shark behavior around Maui that may give us better insights. It is our hope and expectation that numbers of incidents will return to a more normal range in the near future.”
Aila continued, “We offer our condolences to the family of the victim. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
The incident comes three days after a shark bite incident reported on Friday, Nov. 30, in South Maui at Keawekapu Beach.
Shark attack: Man in Hawaii dies after foot bitten
People are being told to stay out of the waters off southwest Maui after a deadly shark attack. The victim was 51-year-old Patrick Briney, of Washington State. Authorities say the shark bit his foot, which was dangling in the water. A German tourist died in August after another shark attack in the same area.
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