Maui shark attacks are racking up in number as the latest gruesome shark attack of a fisherman in a kayak makes the news today. Patrick Briney, 57, of Stevenson, Washington was fishing in his kayak off the waters of Maui with another fisherman when he was attacked, according to ABC News on Dec. 3.
The man’s foot was dangling in the water off his kayak as he fished and this is what the shark grabbed. The man was using synthetic lures, to attract bait fish at the time of the attack. The shark grabbed the man’s foot biting it off and mangling his leg very badly. It was a gruesome sight say witnesses.
The man’s fishing partner, who was in his own kayak, tied a tourniquet around his friend’s leg and sought help from a nearby charter tour boat, who took them to shore. Witnesses on the tour boat said the man didn't look good, his color was gray. He didn't make it to the hospital alive. The two fishing buddies were about 3 miles out when the attack happened.
The man was rushed to the hospital, but died from his wound. This is 13 attacks in Hawaii, state wide this year. Eight of those attacks have been near Maui. On Friday a woman was attacked by a shark near Maui, she received “non-life threatening injuries.” Department Chairman William Aila Jr. said:
"We are not sure why these bites are occurring more frequently than normal, especially around Maui. That's why we are conducting a two-year study of shark behavior around Maui that may give us better insights."
Fishing in kayaks is growing in popularity. Isaac Brumaghim was in a kayak back in April and when he was reeling in a tuna a nine-foot shark jumped out of the water and lunged at the fish, which was way too close for comfort for this fisherman.