Maui shark attacks are increasing and Monday's latest deadly incident of a shark ripping off a 57-year-old kayaker’s foot that he was dangling in the water, is spreading terror along Maui's shore. Even though the kayaker’s friend who was nearby tried to immediately save his friend, Monday morning’s Maui shark attack ended fatal, reported KSDK on Dec. 3, 2013.
“The victim, 57-year-old Patrick Briney, was dangling his foot of the side of his kayak at Makena Landing. The shark virtually ripped it off!”
Monday morning’s incident is only the recent in a series of Maui shark attacks. It is the 13th shark attack reported in Hawaii in 2013.
This latest Maui shark attack occurred while 57-year-old Patrick Briney was kayak fishing half a mile off a point near Little Beach in Makena State Recreation Area on the island of Maui. Kayak fishing is becoming a popular sport all over the world but especially in the waters off Hawaii.
Shortly before the Maui shark attack happened, Patrick Briney was fishing with artificial bait and dangling his foot over the kayak.
"I think we all realized that there was something wrong," said Patrick Briney’s friend who was fishing in a kayak some 500 yards away.
Once he realized that his friend Patrick had become a victim of a Maui shark attack, he immediately paddled over and applied a tourniquet on the leg that was wounded. Other nearby frantic witnesses flagged down a tour boat to rush Patrick Briney back to the shore.
Despite the immediate help after the Maui shark attack, Patrick Briney died on the way to the hospital.
Out of the 13 reported shark attacks in Hawaii, eight of them were Maui shark attacks and researchers at the University of Hawaii, who have launched a two-year study to get to the bottom of why these attacks are surging, are warning people of the danger.
Following Monday morning’s Maui shark attack, the beach at Makena has been temporarily closed by officials. "We got signs about one mile each way on the stretch from Makena landing to Ahihi Reserve. We're just closing the beach, monitoring. Making sure everybody stays out of the water. Keep it safe for the community."
In lieu of prior Maui shark attacks -- the death of a German tourist, 20-year-old Jana Lutteropp, who was snorkeling up to 100 yards off a beach in southwest Maui in August when a shark bit off her right arm, and the death of Willis McInnis, who died after a tiger shark bit his leg while he was surfing in Maui – officials and residents are emphasizing how dangerous sharks are.
Isaac Brumaghim who is familiar with Maui shark attacks and who knows firsthand the dangers of kayak fishing, said that as he was fishing off Oahu's west coast in April, he was able to capture footage of a 9-foot shark jumping up and chomping on the tuna he was reeling in. He said bait in the water can easily attract a shark.
As the latest Maui shark attack showed just once again, sharks are "an absolute danger, every single day," he said. "You have to respect the fact they can bite you at any time. Just a little bit of blood, a little meat in the water, that's all you need. “