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Published on : Wednesday, December 4, 2013
This is the second death in Maui caused by shark attack. This trend is indeed worrying as after a decade of peaceful surfing in the area there has been a sudden flow of shark attacks over the last couple of years.
Patrick A. Briney, 57, of Stevenson, Wash, was fishing and kayaking with a friend somewhere between Maui and the tiny island of Molokini — which is about 2 1/2 miles off Maui’s south shore — when his friend heard him cry out, according to the Maui County Police Department.
Briney was found bleeding profusely when his friends paddled to him. The shark had bitten him on his right leg according to police sources. A snorkeling chartered boat rescued Britney but he died before he could be taken to the hospital.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources closed beaches in the surrounding area until further notice.
The attack came three days after an unidentified woman was attacked but survived at Keawakapu Beach about five miles to the north, and four months after a German tourist died after her arm was bitten off while she was snorkeling. The attacks represent the continuing rise of worrisome trends. At least eight shark attacks have been reported around Maui in 2013, with 13 shark attacks overall reported around the state, according recent reports and state data.
There has been a dramatic increase of shark attacks this 2013 with numbers exceeding 13 from 10 in 2012. Maui victims have been attacked while swimming, snorkeling, surfing, and now kayaking.
Hawaii Land and Natural Resources Director William Aila Jr said that a two-year study of shark behavior around Maui is being conducted to get a better insight on shark behavior.
Hawaii ranks second, with 52 attacks between 2001 and 2012. Shark attacks reported in the U.S. were 271 in the Florida waters during this period.