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The waters north and south of the Makena Stat recreation Area in southwest Maui are closed because of a shark attack that left a kayaker dead on Monday.

Patrick Briney, 57, from Stevenson, Wash. was fishing with lures when an unidentified type of shark swam up and bit his dangling foot. The attack occurred in waters between Maui and Molokini, a small island about 3 miles from Maui that is a popular snorkeling and diving site.

Briney’s fishing partner was nearby in another kayak. He attempted to tie a tourniquet on Briney and then requested help from a charter tour boat that was close by. The boat took the injured man to shore. From there he was taken to the hospital according to a press release from the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Maui County Ocean Safety officials were notified of the attack. This makes the eighth shark attack iin the vicinity of Maui this year and the thirteenth for the state. Just this past Friday, a woman suffered injuries in an attack near Maui that ended up non-fatal.

Department Chairman William Aila Jr. said they are uncertain as to why shark attacks have increased recently, particularly around Maui. Maui has averaged only 4 unprovoked attacks per over the last 20 years. He cites the increase as the reason for a two-year study being done on shark behavior in the Maui area and hopes it will give them some insight.

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