Monday, December 2, 2013

Kayaker in Maui Killed in Shark Attack

In what has become an unsettling number of shark incidents in Maui this year, a kayaker has been killed in a shark attack in waters off of Makena.

In a statement from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Patrick Briney, age 57, was fishing with a friend somewhere between Maui and Molokini when he was bitten by a shark at around 10:20am on Monday, December 2, 2013.

Following the attack, the friend took Briney to a nearby snorkeling charter boat where he was transported to shore.  Prior to reaching shore, Briney succumbed to his injuries.

According to Hawaii News Now, witnesses reported that the victim was fishing and had been dangling his feet off his kayak near Little Beach when he was bit.

According to a gentlemen on the charter boat, the victim's injuries were severe.  His leg was shredded and his foot was missing. Based on the color of the victim, he feels that Mr. Briney had already passed when he arrived at the boat.

Although the attack occurred some distance off shore, as a precaution county lifeguards and officials from DLNR closed all beaches from Makena Landing to the surf area known as "dumps" until noon Tuesday.

This marks the 13th shark incident in Hawaii this year.  Of that number, eight shark attacks/bites have occurred off Maui with the last one occurring on November 29th when a snorkeler was bitten by shark.  Unfortunately, this attack also marks the second fatal shark attack in Maui. On August 14th, a German tourist was killed in a shark attack while snorkeling at White Rock Beach in Makena, Maui.

As a comparison, Hawaii has averaged 4.3 shark attacks a year for the last 10 years.  Prior to this year, the last and only fatality in the last 10 years occurred in 2004.

News Accounts
-Kayak fisherman apparently killed in Maui shark attack - Hawaii News Now
-Deadly shark attack reported; beaches closed - The Maui News
-Shark Kills Maui Fisherman - Honolulu Star Advertiser

Thank you Danny Casler for informing us about this tragic incident.