Washington man killed in Hawaii shark attack

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Honolulu, HI, United States (4E) – A Washington man bait fishing off Maui, Hawaii was bitten by a shark Monday and died from his wounds while being brought to shore.

Maui County police and the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) said kayak fisherman Patrick A. Briney, 57, from Stevenson was fishing with a friend from Makena Landing towards Big Beach at about 9 a.m. when his right foot dangling in the water was bitten by a shark.

Briney’s friend tied a tourniquet on him to control the bleeding and called for rescue. A nearby charter tour boat brought the injured man to Kihei boat ramp but he died along the way.

The shark attack was the eight that happened off Maui and the 13th such incident in Hawaii this year. On Friday, a Paia woman was bitten while snorkeling at Keawakapu Beach in South Maui wounding her in the shin and calf. Last year, 10 shark attacks were reported in the state, the DLNR said.

The latest attack prompted Maui County lifeguards and DLNR officials to temporarily close the beaches from Makena Landing to the surf area known as “Dumps.” Warning signs also were posted advising swimmers to remain out of the water from Ahihi Bay to Makena Landing.

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